I’m sure you have seen a few of these claims at the grocery store, on social media, or on a restaurant menu. But, perhaps, you are not exactly sure what they mean. If you want to begin eating clean and living healthy, these are important terms to know.
The term ‘eating clean’ has a lot of different meanings, but I am going to share with you how I see it.
Starting with food label claims:
#1 and most importantly: whenever possible, choose organic. Not only will you be protecting yourself from harmful pesticides, but trust me when I say – you will notice how much better the foods tastes!
According to the Environmental Working Group, The United States uses 1.2 billion pounds of pesticides a year, but only a small .01 percent actually reach the intended target – the bugs. The rest ends up contaminating our food, air, and water…
To add on.. at least one pesticide remains on 63% of commonly purchased produce, even after it was properly washed. A little scary, right?
Organic you here it all the time, but a lot of you may be thinking that you can’t afford to eat only organic foods. Well, the good thing is that there are some fruits and veggies that are least sprayed with pesticides and more protected by their skin, so it is okay to eat these non-organic:
On the other hand, I recommend not eating these specific foods unless they are organic, as they are the most heavily sprayed with pesticides:
Leafy greens (including spinach)
Sweet Bell Peppers
A bit more on organic..
When choosing meats, eggs, and poultry, always pick organic, antibiotic-free, and grass-fed. After all, you eat what your food eats..and who wants to be consuming antibiotic and grain enriched meats?
When choosing fish, wild-caught is the only way to go. Aim to stay away from farm-raised, as these products are full of antibiotics, pesticides, and have less protein and lower levels of nutrients..
Stay away from GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). These are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other plants and animals. Products can be labeled “GMO-free” if they are produced without being genetically engineered through the use of GMOs.
Lastly...it's time to stop drinking toxic tap water. Stick to spring water or invest in a water filter or brita for your home.
At the grocery store, look for labels such as USDA Organic, Certified Non-GMO, Wild-Caught, and Antibiotic-free. It may even help to write some of these terms in your phone, so that you can have it on hand.