Make your diet a little more green
Mon, 06 May 2013 14:37:35 GMT —
Have you ever wondered where your food has been before it hit your dinner table?
If you're not buying organic, that apple your about to eat could have pesticides, harmful chemicals and toxins on it.
"Toxins cause free radicals which cause damage to the body, the live or whatever organ that they're in," Dr. Mark Holtschlag said.
"More nutritional value, that's the purpose," he said. "There's less toxins than in some of the other commercially raised foods."
You can find organic products at your local supermarket. Just be sure to shop on the outer edge of the grocery store where most healthy and raw foods are found and away from the...
"...processed things," he said.
Buying organic food at your grocery story is definitely the way to go if you want to be more green. If you're looking to really dive into sustainability try buying food locally.
"It's important to buy local because you keep money in the local economy and you're also supporting small farmers which is a dying breed of people," Jessica Whiston said.
Jessica Whiston is president of the Western Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Society.
"We're a group of farmers getting our names out there about our produce," she said.
They're also alerting the public of some shocking stats.
"The average food that gets to the grocery store travels 15,000 miles to get there," Whiston said.
That means when you go grocery shopping your looking at food that could be weeks old. When you buy local, your produce has been picked within 24 hours making it more nutrient dense.
Exactly what Holtschlag says you need for a "good healthy lifestyle throughout your whole life."