Are you thinking about whether or not to buy organic foods – but wrestling with the issue of paying a bit more at the grocery? It may be worth the extra buck. The term “organic” refers to the method of production that farmers use in growing fruits, vegetables and grains, as well as in producing dairy and raising livestock. Organically grown foods require special certification to be marketed as such, and they are free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers and are not processed using chemicals or irradiation.
Foods labeled as “natural” also indicate that they are produced with minimal processing, but the term is widely used and not well regulated; so, always check the labeling. Common questions and continued debate about organic foods include whether they taste better or are healthier than conventionally grown and produced foods. While there is insufficient evidence to claim that either is correct, keep in mind what we do know about organic foods: They do not receive pesticides or herbicides, which have been evaluated as carcinogens.
The American Cancer Society recommends 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day, so they should always be included in your grocery trips. If you can’t buy organic, make sure to wash your fruits and veggies well before consumption. “Fresh is best” when it comes to your body getting the nutrients it needs to stay healthy, boost your immune system and prevent disease.
Healthy cooking demonstration
To learn some ways to incorporate some healthy foods into your diet, join us for a cooking demonstration:
- Tuesday April 30, 2013
- 9:30 am
- Dorothy Enslow Combs Building atrium (Next to the Whitney-Hendrickson Building at the Markey Cancer Center)
- Executive Chef Pete Combs, III
Open to patients, caregivers, staff, families and friends. Hope to see you there!