Week 12 (Health): Organic Food

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Organic FoodThis week’s health goal is that once this week, you will choose organic over non-organic produce or meat raised without artificial hormones. Yes, you might pay a little bit more for them, but the long-term benefit is worth it. A large portion of the meat on supermarket shelves contains artificial or genetically engineered hormones injected into livestock. These hormones have been proved to disrupt human hormone balance, which can affect the reproductive system and many other parts of the human body. In order to feel and be BETTER, while buying meat products this week, look for labels that say “hormone free” or “rBGH-free.” You can also look for the “organic” label, because organic products typically don’t include added hormones. Eating meat free of hormones will make your body feel BETTER. It also supports farmers who utilize sustainable practices.

A helpful Tip from Red Book Mag: If you can't afford to buy only organic products, spend the extra money on what the Environmental Working Group calls the "dirty dozen": peaches, strawberries, nectarines, apples, spinach, celery, pears, sweet bell peppers, cherries, potatoes, lettuce and imported grapes. Compared with hardier produce, such as broccoli and asparagus, these fragile fruits and vegetables often require more pesticides to fight off bugs.