I know some of you are thinking, “What’s the difference; It’s all just a farce!” Well I am here to tell you not just from research and movies, but from personal experience that there is a difference, even in the taste. Here is the deal: When you eat food that has been laden with pesticides and antibiotics you are eating a food that has its defenses down. Fruits and veggies can’t build up their own immune system correctly to exhibit all the wonders that it has to offer, thus being “empty.” When you eat a fruit/veggie that has been untouched and grown by natures own, you get a full fruit with all its lustrous flavors, vitamins, and all the things in them to make YOU all the healthier for eating them. I used to really dislike tomatoes. Not the ones cooked in food or used as sauces, but the ones in salads, where you had to bite into them. Did you know that they are picked before they are ripe (after being grown with pesticides, bleach, and antibiotics) and then packed on a truck to some far away destination to be later sprayed with more chemicals so that the tomatoes turn RED. What is THAT?!! Tomatoes are SUPPOSED to be red aren’t they?? Well, yes, of course, but not from chemicals! I didn’t even know all this and disliked them. So when I began to try to eat tomatoes, the organic ones, only because they were good for me, to my delight, I actually LOVED IT, and now, cannot get enough of them! Bananas are another fruit that I used to…well, despise actually, not anymore. Although I have read that thick skinned fruits and veggies do not necessarily have to be bought organic, I decided to try it anyway. I bought the organic bananas for a few months when they were available. For some reason one store visit, they weren’t available so I bought conventional. YUCK, was what happened. They tasted rancid and rusty to me, and I had never realized the difference until that time. I also found that the organic bananas where sweeter, lasted longer and the consistency stayed firm even when they began to brown. It took me being separated from conventional and having to go back to it, to notice that I actually began enjoying this fruit that never really cared for before.
As far as your meats go, it’s the same situation, but a little worse. The animals are fed “sick” genetically modified corn (that has also been sprayed with bleach), a diet that they cannot live on for more than 90 days otherwise they die! The animals are kept in close confinement so they are sick all over each other. They have developed immunity to the antibiotics so they pump them up with more chemicals and drugs to keep them alive until slaughter. They are stressed out, and you know what happens to you when you get stressed out, your muscles tense up. The same happens to animals, thus producing tough meat; that’s always tasty right?! (Sarcasm). After the animals are slaughtered, caretakers know that they may still carry disease so they spray the meat with ammonia before packaging it! (Even tastier right?!) I am 35 and most of everyone in my generation and following has not eaten grass fed beef, only corn fed. Have you noticed that most of the products that come out of the box or a bag also contain a ton of corn type products in their ingredients?? So when they say that we are what we eat…if you take sample of your hair and have it tested, the results would indicate that you were made of corn! What happens when you eat too much of the same thing, no matter what it is? It makes you UNHEALTYH! We need a well balanced diet to function well, yet all we eat its corn from our meats, AND from our processed food. Okay, okay, I am getting a little off track here let’s get back to the difference in taste of our meats. Do you think that a cow who eats corn might taste different than a cow that eats grass (which, by the way is its natural food source, not corn)? Well it DOES. The grass fed cows are less stressed out, producing more tender meat and they are less fatty because they roam around versus being cooped up. They are also out in fresh open air, not kept with other sick animals in a small “barn.” (This is the same for chicken). So the meats are tantalizing, tasty, and juicy! I have eaten steak since I was 4yrs-old, it has been all I have ever ordered in restaurants. No kids’ menus for me; bring on the STEAK! Well when I found that I can make a better steak at home, I stopped, and when I realized organic taste better, I was in heaven. So please trust me, I could be a steak connoisseur.
For movies more about my above comments watch Food, Inc. and King Corn.
When you cannot find organic, you can always opt for “all-natural.” They sell organic/all natural meats at Pulbix, Target, and Costco, for those with a big family and need to be cost effective. For those first starting out though, just know that not EVERYTHING has to be organic. I would suggest that the items you eat THE MOST, ARE, period! Here is a list from Jillian Michaels, Master Your Metabolism that can help any household figure out how to start:
Always organic: Meat, dairy, eggs, coffee, peaches, and nectarines, apples, bell pepper s, celery, berries, lettuce, grapes, foods you eat a lot.
Sometimes organic: processed foods, onion, avocadoes, pineapple, cabbage, broccoli, bananas, asparagus, corn, mangoes
Don’t bother: seafood, water, foods you don’t eat that often.
When my husband and I changed our meats and vegetables to organic and/or all natural, we immediately lost 5lbs each, and this was without an exercise program in place. As we continued to delete more toxins from our environment along with an exercise program, we lost 48lbs between us both! It’s not just the food we are eating, it’s a combination of everything, but why not start with the food since it’s the easiest place to start? You can Google healthier fast food restaurants too for those who like to eat out or don’t like to cook much. Here’s a website I found that give the top 10 healthiest ones: http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20411588_1,00.html
CNBC reported that the cost of shopping at Whole Foods i: only an average of $4 more spent than in your local grocer. So for those who think organic is expensive, it may be in the short run, but long term you will be savings in medical bills. Every time you buy organic or use your local farms you make a consumer vote for what you feel should be sold to you and your families. And the more people who chose organic, the less expensive and more available it will become. 🙂