How To Eat Organic on a Belly Dance Budget
Belly dancers are very in tune with their bodies, and want to make the best choices possible when it comes to nutrition. The surge popularity of the organic food industry has led many to wonder if there is really an advantage to buying organic. In today's economy, this choice can make a big difference when it comes to spending your food dollars.
First of all, 'organic' means that a farmer utilizes soil conservation tactics when growing his or her crops, avoiding the use of synthetic chemicals, antibiotics and hormones. By eliminating chemically-based pesticides and weed-killers, these farmers promote a sustainable environment by reducing pollution, waste, and disease. As a byproduct, the food produced through organic methods is thought to be healthier to consume, as well.
To determine whether organic foods are best for you, it's important to see the big picture. From a strictly nutritional standpoint, organic foods do not have more nutrients than conventionally-grown crops.
However, it has been suggested that the rise of fatal illnesses such as cancer and heart disease is linked to the general presence of hazardous substances in the environment. In other words, even if you don't consume chemicals directly from the food you eat, you may still get them through water runoff, airborne toxins, and meat obtained from chemically-fed livestock.
By this logic, there are no foods that are theoretically "better" to buy organic. However, if you're looking to avoid the foods most tainted by conventional growing practices, then focus on the fruits and vegetables that are the softest and most fragile. These are the foods that need the most protection from pesticides. For example:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Imported grapes
Avoiding these foods means that you'll reduce your risk of contamination in the most direct way. As far as other organic products go, you need to decide based on your personal beliefs and preferences whether you’re willing to invest the time and money.