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PERSONAL TRAINING Organic To Buy or Not to Buy

Dec 2, 2010

You are standing in the grocery store with a big, shiny, firm, red apple in one hand and a similar looking apple in the other hand. The difference is one costs a bit more and is organic where as the other is conventionally grown with a lower sales price. Most would opt to bag the apple that is cheaper right? Well think a bit before you bag. It’s much healthier for you, your partner and family to spend a bit more and go organic. Not all foods are a must to choose organic, but there are many you should take note of.

There are several differences between organic and nonorganic (conventionally grown) foods. The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, like fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy, and meat. Organic farmers do not use chemical weed killers or pesticides. They apply natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, to feed soil and plants. When it comes to meats and dairy, animals are given organic feed and allowed access to the outdoors as opposed to small cages or pens. Meats are healthier from grass fed animals rather than grain fed.

On the flip side, nonorganic farmers apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth. They also may use waxes or other preservatives to prevent fruit and veggies from spoiling as fast as some organic foods. Whose life should we be concerned with, preserving shelf life for foods or the well being of human life?

In a perfect world, we would buy all our groceries organic. Unfortunately, organic food is expensive, but costs are dropping, verses nonorganic. The following organic fruits are must buys: apples, cherries, grapes, nectarines, peaches, pears, raspberries, and strawberries. The following organic veggies are must buys: bell peppers, celery, potatoes, and spinach. The above fruits and veggies bought nonorganic, can contain pesticides and insecticides. These chemicals, even after a good washing, can still be present. Best bet is go organic.

If possible make your choices to include organic meats. The difference being, nonorganic meats are typically given doses of antibiotics and growth hormones to enhance the growth of the animal. I am not wild about ingesting designer drugs for animals as they were designed for animals, not humans.

Be cautious with the word “natural.” In order for foods to be organic they must be “certified.” There are extensive procedures that are required in order to obtain the title “certified” organic. Although the terms “natural” and “organic” are often used together, they are very different. The word “natural” means produced or existing in nature, not artificial. Many food products use the term “natural” or “all natural” on their label to entice buyers. Be wary of these products. Though some may be better for you than those that are not specified “natural,” they are not necessarily brought to market pesticide free, and unless labeled ORGANIC, are NOT organic.

I encourage you to make your next meal with foods all from your local farmers market as there is a wide range to choose from in the San Diego area daily. It’s important to start shifting consciousness to supporting sustainable lifestyles within our own community. Check out the farmers markets in Mission Hills on Fridays and Hillcrest on Sundays.

Nourishment for the body comes from foods grown the way nature intended. Hopefully this information will lead you to better decisions when it comes to organic. For motivation to get your going contact Fawn Lofton, Fitness Together Mission Hills 619-794-0014 today! Follow us on our blog at


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