The Raw Foods Evolution

Monday, March 20, 2006

Organic Raw Foods and Pesticides

To maintain the energy levels of an NCAA March Madness athlete, proper nutrition is essential. A vegan raw and living foods diet is a simple and delicious way to increase your energy levels and improve your health.

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The raw foods diet is becoming quite popular among Hollywood celebrities including the Sopranos star Leslie Bega, Woody Harrelson, Andy Dick, Demi Moore, and Gary Busey.

A common problem among those on the raw foods diet is the cost and expense. The blenders cost $400, the dehydrators cost $200, the superfoods cost $12 a pound, and organic produce costs twice as much as conventional produce.

While organic produce costs more, it is worth the extra price. Non-organic conventional produce is filled with cancer causing pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, and other toxins.

It is not always neccessary to eat organic. The high water foods must be organic. It is okay to eat the low water content foods conventionally.

Some low water content, non-organic, convential foods that are safe to eat include avocados, nuts, seeds, grains, kale, durian, and sea vegetables.

Here are the top 10 Foods to Eat Organically

(Excerpted from Your Organic Kitchen, by Jesse Ziff Cool)

Some conventionally grown foods are treated with more pesticides than others. Some retain more of the pesticides. Here is a list of the top 10 foods containing the most pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research group based in Washington, D.C.

You can sidestep harm and still eat vitamin-rich foods. If you cannot find these foods organically, here are some great alternatives that contain the same valuable vitamins and minerals.

High-Pesticide Food: Strawberries
Main Nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy Alternatives: Blueberries, raspberries, oranges, grapefruit, kiwifruit, watermelon

High-Pesticide Food: Bell peppers
Main Nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy Alternatives: Green peas, broccoli, romaine, lettuce

High-Pesticide Food: Spinach
Main Nutrient: Vitamins A and C
Healthy Alternatives: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus

High-Pesticide Food: Cherries
Main Nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy Alternatives: Oranges, blueberries, raspberries, kiwifruit, blackberries, grapefruit

High-Pesticide Food: Peaches
Main Nutrient: Vitamins A and C
Healthy Alternatives: Nectarines, watermelon, tangerines, oranges, grapefruit

High-Pesticide Food: Mexican cantaloupe
Main Nutrient: Vitamins A and C and potassium
Healthy Alternatives: U.S. cantaloupe grown from May to December, watermelon

High-Pesticide Food: Celery
Main Nutrient: Carotenoids
Healthy Alternatives: Carrots, broccoli, radishes, romaine lettuce

High-Pesticide Food: Apples
Main Nutrient: Vitamin C
Healthy Alternatives: Watermelon, nectarines, bananas, tangerines

High-Pesticide Food: Apricots
Main Nutrient: Vitamins A an C and potassium
Healthy Alternatives: Nectarines, watermelon, oranges, tangerines

High-Pesticide Food: Green beans
Main Nutrient: Potassium
Healthy Alternatives: Green peas, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, asparagus


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