U= U R What U Eat
It’s often said that “we are what we eat”, but many of us don’t really know what we’re eating. Sure, we can see meats, vegetables and whole grains on our plate, but what we don’t see is often cause for alarm. Processed foods are usually loaded with additives designed to increase shelf life and change the taste and texture of food. While processed foods are generally healthier options, many have still been produced with pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Many of these invisible ingredients are known carcinogens and can cause extensive damage to both our bodies and our environment. In the United States, more than 3,000 substances can be legally added to foods for the purpose of preservation, coloring, texture, or increasing flavor. Simple Steps For Choosing Healthier, Sustainable Foods
- Read the ingredient list. The best way to avoid additives in your foods is to check the label. In general, if you can’t pronounce it, you shouldn’t eat it. If you’re unsure about an ingredient, look it up before you put it on the table.
- Buy organic. The organic label can only be applied to produce raised without chemicals and pesticides and meat raised without the use of hormones and antibiotics.
- Grow your own. The best way to know what’s in your food is to raise it yourself. Strawberries, blueberries, bell peppers, potatoes, and spinach are good choices for produce to grow on your own because of the high amount of pesticides found on grocery store varieties.
Learn More These tips for avoiding pesticide residue show you which vegetables to always buy organic as well as safer alternatives if organic isn’t available. The EPA website provides more information on what is required for a food to be certified organic.