Why Buy Organic?

Does eating organic matter? I’ve touched on this subject before, but it probably fell on deaf ears because I’m a random internet blogger (I don’t blame you). But here’s some video evidence to back my claim from a highly regarded doctor practicing in the United States. Google Dr. Serrano for reference sake and then watch the video uploaded by John Meadows of mountaindogdiet.com.


Cliff notes:

1) Anything you buy with fat in it should come from organic sources. That includes dairy (milk, cheese etc.) and animal proteins. My go-to recommendations are grass-fed beef and wild caught fish (not farmed). Grain-fed beef stand around in their own feces chomping on pesticide and fertilizer laced grain, while farmed fish are fed a similar diet in small retainer ponds. It stands to reason that a combination of diet and lack of mobility leaves them in an unhealthy state, but for good measure I’ll explain Serrano’s explanation further. These cows are fed grain, which is unnatural for their digestive systems, leading to the necessary use of antibiotics to keep them from getting sick. All of this junk that’s ingested doesn’t ALL come out through digestive processes, much of it is stored in fat cells out of necessity, which you eventually consume in that high fat beef you eat for dinner. If you are getting grass-fed meat from a local farmer, chances are extremely high it will be organic. Grass-fed beef has numerous other health benefits, including an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids.

2) Buy organic produce when applicable: As the video explains, some fruits are much worse than others when it comes to pesticide use, so shop wisely. Those near to the ground require a lot more pesticide use (think strawberries and cherries), while you can save yourself the added expense if the produce naturally has a thick skin (bananas, avocados, kiwi).

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Mitch Calvert is a Winnipeg-based fitness coach for men and women like his former self. Heavyset in his 20s, he lost 60 pounds and now helps clients find their spark and lose the weight for life.