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Organic Raw Food - An Even Better Choice
By: Mark Idzik
When you are searching for a menu that is high in nutritional value and low in preservatives and additives, consider an organic raw food diet. Raw food has become the focal point of many people's diets because they recognize all of the benefits of eating food in its natural form. Add an organic growing environment to that equation and you have a diet rich in everything that is good for you.
The basis of eating any diet that is comprised primarily of raw food is that you are not cooking the vitamins, minerals and enzymes out of the food. The food is eaten just as it's grown and you reap all of the benefits of that process.
An important consideration, though, is how is that food grown? If it's in an environment where pesticides are used, the raw foods nutritional value should come into question.
Many farmers follow a strict regime of using chemical products to both protect and enhance their crop. These chemicals are designed to keep the plants free of bugs and to help them grow to a bigger potential. They are used on everything from carrots to tomatoes; apples, pears, and many other fruits are treated as well. This means that even though you are consuming the food in its most natural state you are also taking in all of those chemicals. They take home in the cells of your bodies and can cause all types of health problems. Everything from influenza to cancer has been attributed to pesticides.
It's therefore important to seek out raw foods that are organically grown. This means that the food has been grown on a farm where the farmer did not treat the plants or the soil with any type of chemicals.
Finding these types of raw foods isn't as difficult as it once was. It used to be that a person had to wander near and far to locate quality organic foods. That isn't the case anymore. You can now find many fresh raw foods that are organically grown in your local supermarket.
The cost of this type of raw foods is slightly higher than traditionally grown raw foods. The health benefits are many and do need to be taken into consideration though. It's important to remember that your health is worth much more than the savings you might enjoy when purchasing products of lesser quality. Additionally, you'll most likely save money in the long run by avoiding future medical expenses.
Preparing raw foods that are organically grown is the same as those traditionally grown. You can store them for several days and perishable items need to be kept in the refrigerator as suggested. It is best to use them as soon as possible as the taste is always best when the items are fresh.
Eating raw foods is certainly good for you but if you want to take it one step farther consider purchasing those that are organically grown. You'll be doing all you can to ensure that your family is eating the best foods possible for them.
Mark Idzik is a raw foodist and natural health advocate. He writes on natural health issues at his blogs, Healthy Living Talk and Vegan Raw Diet.