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Fitness Myths with Dr. Mike | Organic Food

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Fitness Myths with Dr. Mike | Organic Food

Organic food is touted as a key to health but does it really offer valuable benefits? Dr. Mike Israetel discusses this and more about organic food below:

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  • Rick

    Great topic for discussion as there is no doubt a lot of marketing that goes into the organics industry and cost is a faster for certain. However i do want to bring up some points that may be skewed from the video. Before bringing those up, I have only eaten whole foods for nearly 20 years now and have been organic gardening for 35 years. So I have some experience and passion towards this topic, Points are as follows:

    1. Food provides taste and nutrition based on what they have been fed. Commercial organic fertilizers might be less effective overall as absorption is slower for plants. Not as easy to just throw down fertilizer and expect it to be as soluble (in most cases) as non-organics. I amend the soil with many types of matter over the course of the entire year, and flavor is noticeable for sure.
    2. The low income angle I am not buying. I have volunteered over the years at food banks, and most people go for the mac n cheese box for the same points as 14 pounds of dried beans. You go to the market and invariably someone in front has all high fat/low fiber/high carb processed crap, and they are paying with their EBT card.
    3. Again some of it is marketing hype. And it does cost a ton more. Know which veggies have no natural pests, and you have no need to buy organic. A great example is garlic. Garlic has no natural pests so why spend the extra money if it is indeed more expensive. On the contrary, there are leafy greens like spinach that absorb high dosages of pesticides so organic would make more sense. There are many sites that outline the food that should be purchased organically due to pesticide absorption.
    4. The number one reason to buy organics in rice and cereals like oats, or produce is the case of genetic modification also know as GM or genetically modified. On the surface it sounds harmless, right? After all, hybrids are genetically modified strains so what it the issue? GM is market speak for “Roundup Ready” seeds which are modified so the plants can actually drink pure pesticide and not die. Huge amounts of chemicals must be stored in the storage portions of the plants- namely the seeds. If anyone is unclear, Google “The world according to Monsanto”. Knowledge is power.

    As a gym rat, I strike a balance of common sense, nutrition and whole foods to keep me rockin at the gym. At 57, I can still go the distance with the youngters.

    • Chris Reyes

      Thank you Rick for shedding some extra light on the subject. Good discussion and some good points but yes there were some key points left out like for instance the nutritional value of grass fed organic meat compared to conventional. Science has definitely proven that grass fed beef for example contains far more nutrients and less marbalization of fat. And yes there are many guidelines out there like the dirty dozen and clean fifteen lists that state which fruits and veggies are worth going organic and those that don’t necessarily provide a huge difference between organic and conventional. Stay educated people. Do your own research and conduct your own tests. Go strictly organic for a week or two then go back to conventional. Tell me if you sense a difference!

      • Rick

        Thank you Chris for adding more to the discussion. Your great example of beef clearly illuminates my point 1, but with meat. Even more noticeable with eggs. I used to raise my own chickens, where they were fed organic foods but relied mostly on vegetable greens and scraps with the occasional bugs and worms, and the flavor was incredible. European studies showed the huge increase in nutritional value compared to factory eggs. Even commercial “Cage Free’ eggs are still factory eggs.

        Anyone unsure, take up Chris’s challenge of a week on only organics and you too will be a believer. If possible, go to a local grower, so you know their farming practices.

  • Bug eater 357

    Those eggs are so flavorful and tasty!