Food additives, safety, and organic foods
If you’ve been treated for cancer or any disease where the immune system may be compromised by treatment, organic foods are best when available and affordable. There are many reasons to choose organic, the main one being eating the purest foods without chemical residue. There may never be an end to arguments over whether organic food is more nutritious.
A group of researchers at Stanford University reviewed more than 200 studies of organic and conventional food, and concluded that “Organic foods do not really offer any significant nutritional benefit.” What they did find however that there was a significant difference in the level of antioxidants. Organic fruits and vegetables were found to deliver between 20 and 40 percent higher antioxidant activity.
Antioxidants are vitally important since they protect cells from aging or damage that can result in cancer. The more antioxidants your body receives, the more it can protect itself from disease. The most important thing is to aim for nine servings per day of fruits and vegetables. How much is one serving?
1/2 cup raw fruits or vegetables = 1 serving
Buying organic is not the only change necessary for good health. Processed and packaged foods are full of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, “flavor enhancers” and high fructose corn syrup. All of these additives are unhealthy and should be avoided. Read all labels when shopping. When you begin to purge these items from your diet, it may be time consuming, but you will quickly learn which items not to buy. The longer the list of ingredients, the more you want to avoid eating it.
Here is a handy reference guide which can be printed out of the most harmful additives to avoid:
A good rule of thumb: if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, or have no idea what it is, don’t eat it!