Are We... What We Eat?

Written by Marcelle Ventura

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In addition torepparttar food pyramid, it was discovered by doctors and scientist that fats, sweets and oils are an important ingredient of a healthy diet. This is mentioned although it is separate fromrepparttar 113161 pyramid. The food we eat normally containsrepparttar 113162 required fats so we need not add additional fatty or sweet food. This food can be delicious but we always try to avoid an excess of this type of fatty or sweet food.

If you are referring to a weight-loss diet, you are talking about changing or restricting your diet somehow to reduce calories, fat or other to lose weight. No diet should be used without talking to your doctor first. There are many diets onrepparttar 113163 market and medications to help people diet. The problem with dieting when not under a doctor~s care is that you may be loosing nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. You may be trying to lose weight because you are overweight or obese, but can be doing more harm by restricting vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

Remember, if you are in doubt as to what your body needs, please consult your doctor.

Marcelle Ventura isrepparttar 113164 webmaster of FINA Diet - Understanding Diet, Made Easy , a wonderful health resource.

Marcelle Ventura is the webmaster of FINA Diet - Understanding Diet Made Easy

Chosing Organic for Health

Written by Marjorie Geiser, RD

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What About our Health? Eating organic food is not a fad. As people become more informed and aware, they are taking steps to ensure their health. US sales of organic food totaled 5.4 billion dollars in 1998, but was up to 7.8 billion dollars inrepparttar year 2000. The 2004 Whole Foods Market Organic Foods Trend Tracker survey found that 27% of Americans are eating more organic foods than they did a year ago.

A study conducted byrepparttar 113160 California Department of Pesticide Regulation reports thatrepparttar 113161 number of people poisoned by drifting pesticides increased by 20% during 2000.

A rise in interest and concern forrepparttar 113162 use of pesticides in food resulted inrepparttar 113163 passage ofrepparttar 113164 1996 Food Quality Protection Act, directingrepparttar 113165 US EPA to reassessrepparttar 113166 usage and impact of pesticides for food use.

Particular attention was paid torepparttar 113167 impact on children and infants, whose lower body weights and higher consumption of food per body weight present higher exposure to any risks associated with pesticide residues.

Publishing an update to its 1999 report on food safety,repparttar 113168 Consumers Union in May 2000 reiterated that pesticide residues in foods children eat every day often exceed safe levels. The update found high levels of pesticide residues on winter squash, peaches, apples, grapes, pears, green beans, spinach, strawberries, and cantaloupe. The Consumers Union urged consumers to consider buying organically grown varieties, particularly of these fruits and vegetables.

The most common class of pesticide inrepparttar 113169 US is organophosphates (OP's). These are known as neurotoxins.

An article published in 2002 examinedrepparttar 113170 urine concentration of OP residues in 2-5 year olds. Researchers found, on average, that children eating conventionally grown food showed an 8.5 times higher amount of OP residue in their urine than those eating organic food. Studies have also shown harmful effects on fetal growth, as well.

Pesticides are notrepparttar 113171 only threat, however. 70% of all antibiotics inrepparttar 113172 US are used to fatten up livestock, today. Farm animals receive 24.6 million pounds of antibiotics per year!

Public health authorities now link low-level antibiotic use in livestock to greater numbers of people contracting infections that resist treatment withrepparttar 113173 same drugs. The American Medical Association adopted a resolution in June of 2001, opposingrepparttar 113174 use of sub-therapeutic levels of antibiotics in agriculture andrepparttar 113175 World Health Organization, in its 2001 report, urged farmers to stop using antibiotics for growth promotion. Studies are findingrepparttar 113176 same antibiotic resistant bacteria inrepparttar 113177 intestines of consumers that develop in commercial meats and poultry.

Is it More Nutritious? Until recently, there had been little evidence that organically grown produce was higher in nutrients. It's long been held that healthier soils would produce a product higher in nutritional quality, but there was neverrepparttar 113178 science to support this belief. Everyone agrees that organic foods taste better.

In 2001, nutrition specialist Virginia Worthington published her review of 41 published studies comparingrepparttar 113179 nutritional values of organic and conventionally grown fruits, vegetables and grains. What she found was that organically grown crops provided 17% more vitamin C, 21% more iron, 29% more magnesium, and 13.6% more phosphorus than conventionally grown products. She noted that five servings of organic vegetables providedrepparttar 113180 recommended daily intake of vitamin C for men and women, while their conventional counterparts did not. Today there are more studies that showrepparttar 113181 same results that Ms. Worthington concluded.

Consideringrepparttar 113182 health benefits of eating organic foods, along withrepparttar 113183 knowledge of how conventionally grown and raised food is impactingrepparttar 113184 planet should be enough to consider paying greater attention to eating organic, today. Since most people buy their food in local supermarkets, it's good news that more and more markets are providing natural and organic foods in their stores. Findings from a survey by Supermarket News showed that 61% of consumers now buy their organic foods in supermarkets. More communities and health agencies also are working to set up more farmer's markets for their communities, also, which brings more organic, locally grown foods torepparttar 113185 consumer. The next time you go shopping, consider investigating organic choices to see if it's indeed worthrepparttar 113186 change!

Marjorie Geiser is a nutritionist, registered dietitian, certified personal trainer and life coach.

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