How About Going Organic This Easter?

How About Going Organic This Easter?

Just some food for thought. Have you considered going organic and filling your Easter baskets with organic chocolates? It’s very healthful!

Why Organic Chocolate?

Raw, organic chocolate is a wise choice. Organic chocolate is not polluted with toxic chemicals and pesticides.

Going Organic this Easter with Organic Chocolate
Commercially produced cocoa beans are grown with more pesticides than any other plant, besides cotton! Chocolate that is marketed as organic is grown without the use of chemical pesticides.

Best of all, consuming organic chocolate can offer significant health benefits. The variations in processing sweetened organic chocolate are the secret to maintaining the natural health benefits.

Conventional vs. Organic Chocolate

  1. Conventional chocolate is usually sweetened with corn syrup. Corn syrup is an artificial sweetener derived from genetically modified corn.
  2. Organic chocolate is sweetened with fruits (dates, raisins, etc.) malt syrups, or cane juices.

Organic chocolates contain plenty of flavonoids. These are a form of antioxidant that can help support your immune system. It will also protect your body from illness and possibly even prevent premature aging.

You can find high quality organic chocolate in health food stores, online and possibly at your local grocery store. The demand is on the rise.

Are you now thinking of filling those Easter baskets this year with organic chocolates instead of conventional? Chances are kids won’t know the difference – but their bodies will! There may be other online retailers selling organic Easter chocolates, but we get ours from Lake Champlain Chocolates. Follow this link for their Easter treats. (Disclosure: We have no affiliation whatsoever with Lake Champlain Chocolates, other than enjoying  their products).

Another favorite of our staff’s children is Organic Cheeky Bunnies Milk Chocolate#:

Organic Cheeky Bunnies#

Kids tend to enjoy the flavor of milk chocolate over dark.

Beyond Easter, going organic can become a habit. Stock up on organic chocolates for yourself! Then, the next time you have an intense craving for chocolate that nothing else will satisfy, you can enjoy healthful organic chocolate. Your body will thank you in many ways.

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Which Organic Foods are Worth the Price?

Organic Foods Sticker
Organic Foods Sticker

Which Organic Foods are Worth the Extra Price Tag?

If you’ve been purchasing organic foods with wild abandon for their health benefits, you may be finding it’s not so healthy for your pocketbook. You can typically spend 30 to 50 percent more on organic foods than you would on conventional foods. But there is a real difference.

About three-quarters of traditionally grown produce show traces of pesticides. Only one in four organic fruits and vegetables do, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Purchase organic produce with soft skin or that you eat skin and all (such as apples). Save on foods that are fairly pesticide-free due to their tough outer layers (like bananas). Wash all items well with soap, water and a brush Skip the fancy vegetable and fruit washes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not recommend them. It’s just an unnecessary expense, so spare your budget.

The best bet for both the environment and your health is to shop at your local farmers’ market.  These close-to-home foods require less shipping, which means fewer greenhouse gases and lower costs – even for organics.

In the meat and dairy aisles, organic choices are less straightforward. Beef, poultry, eggs and milk rarely have pesticides. However, conventional producers sometimes use antibiotics and hormones on their animals. Although less than 1 percent of meat shows traces of antibiotics, there is some evidence that antibiotic-resistant bacteria are more common in conventionally produced cuts than in organic products. You’ll pay as much as 100 percent more for organic meat and dairy. If you’re a big meat eater or milk drinker it may be worth the investment.

Decode the stickers on your food. A five digit number starting with nine means it is organic, a four-digit number means it’s conventionally grown.

Pesticides and Fruit

Most uses of most pesticides on foods do not leave residues that raise any public health concern. Only 15 to 20 of the most hazardous pesticides, each used on a handful of foods, are responsible for the vast majority of dietary risk.

Groups like Consumers Union and the Environmental Working Group, have used sophisticated computer analyses to estimate how often which fruits carry residues of the least and most dangerous pesticides. Using their data, there is one simple rule to follow: Try to buy organic apples, cherries, grapes, peaches, pears, raspberries and strawberries. Those are the fruits most likely to contain harmful pesticide residues.

Canned peaches, for example, are among the least contaminated fruits. So are fresh bananas, blueberries, kiwifruit, mangoes, watermelon and canned pineapple. Don’t let pesticides scare you away from fruit. Ultimately, you are better off eating fruit with pesticides than not eating fruit.

Go Organic Foods

Fresh Apple

Skip organic foods:

Fresh Bananas

  • Bananas.
  • Kiwifruit.
  • Onions.
  • Mangoes.
  • Pineapples.
  • Broccoli.