As far as I can remember, there has been a debate about Organic vs. Non-Organic foods and beverages.
There are so many studies and thoughts and strong opinions, and while the debate will most likely continue, I thought that I would take this opportunity to share a little bit about what I do know (and remember, I am just a mom not by any means an expert on the topic):
1 – What you see is what you get. In other words, you most likely get the same nutritional values from both organic and non-organic foods.
2 – Organic foods contain fewer pesticides and antibiotics than their non-organic counterparts.
3 – Prices may be higher for organic foods because it is said that farming practices cost more to be able to supply this type of food.
4 – Natural vs. Organic, there is a difference! Natural means there are no artificial colors, flavors or preservative ingredients.
5 – It is only organic if you see the label.
This all being said, no matter which you choose that’s right for you and your family, these same tips DO APPLY:
1 – Wash all of your fruits and veggies thoroughly.
2 – Try to pick your fruits and veggies from different sources or even countries (different soils and farming techniques do produce different flavors and varieties.)
3 – Read all labels carefully! Even if something says natural or organic it could still contain higher calories, sugar or sodium.
4 – Try shopping local!! Farmers markets and farms themselves are fun places to shop!
As always, if you have any comments, please feel free to let us know! This sportsmom just likes to do the best she can to stay healthy and active, just like all of you!