When people are converting from the Standard American Diet, (SAD) to an “organic” diet, they often go from buying “normal” processed food, to buying “organic” processed food, thinking it’s healthier. What they don’t realize, is…processed food is processed food, even if it’s marked “organic”. It’s still contains refined ingredients, fillers, preservatives and flavorings. Here are 8 mistakes people make, when purchasing “organic” food, from Naturalnews.com.
You see a nicely labeled organic product, which appears to be from a quaint little, mom and pop owned organic company. What you don’t realize is that Big Food, has gobbled up many of the smaller, family owned, mom and pop organic companies.
Upon purchasing these companies, the “organic” products are filled with canola oil and unfermented soy products. Even in organic forms canola and soy can cause problems in the body, over the long term (1).
Here is a rather confusing looking infographic, which tells you which Big Food companies own the smaller “family” organic foods.
For a list of family owned organic brands…
Big food often replaces coconut or palm oil with cheaper canola oil, made from rapeseeds. Studies indicate that canola oil, even organic oil, can cause degeneration of the heart, kidneys, thyroid gland and adrenals (1).
Canola is also high in glycosides, which can impede enzyme function and destroy the nerve’s protective coating, causing nerve damage.
This one is a bit controversial. Many people say that organic soy is perfectly healthy. However, opponents of soy say that it “is linked to immune-system malfunctions, thyroid dysfunction and cognitive decline.” Studies indicate that any soy that is consumed should be fermented. Unfermented soy contains “anti-nutrients”, which block enzymes needed to properly digest protein (1).
In order to cut costs and make products more affordable, Big Food purchases many of the needed ingredients from China. Why is this a problem? In a word…POLLUTION. According to the source article, China has three times more pollution than the USA, with 70% of the water polluted & unsafe for human contact. It also contains such high levels of heavy metals that they sometimes run red. So this means that even organic food from China is still filled with toxins and chemicals (1).
The USDA does not require inspections or certifications for heavy metals in organic food. This means that heavy metals such as a lead, aluminum, mercury, nickel, copper, tungsten and arsenic, can be found in food certified organic by the USDA. (1) What does this mean? Avoid any food from China.
You go through the trouble of going to the farmers market to purchase beautiful, organic, locally grown vegetables. You’re in a hurry and decide to just cook them in the microwave for a quick meal. What could possibly be wrong with that? Well, according to the source article, in just a few seconds, the microwave destroys the nutritive qualities of the food. The microwave radiation changes the food molecules from positive to negative, which deforms the food. This is known as “structural isomerism”. (1)
Ok, I know what you’re thinking…” Now I can’t even grill that great grass-fed steak. What’s wrong with grilling?” Here is a quote from the main article (1):
Fluoride can’t be boiled out of water (1) Make sure you are using filtered water. Oh, FYI…steaming your veggies is the best way to cook them.
As I always say, sticking to a locally grown, organic, whole food, plant-based diet is your best bet. When you do purchase processed organic food, make sure it’s from one of the small family owned brands listed here: FAMILY OWNED ORGANIC BRANDS