I had a professor in undergrad that said something, with quite a bit of passion I might add, once during a lecture that I will never forget. It was in my sophomore year of college in an agriculture course. He said "There is no nutritional value to organic." Now this is coming from a professor of an ag dept that relied heavily on donations from big seed, pesticide, and food companies. He went on to explain that being organic doesn't change what's in the product, it doesn't add more vitamins to a fruit or more minerals to vegetables. And at the time, that lecture had me really thinking, obviously I have remembered that quote this long. And coming from a family who drove every Sunday after church and hour and a half to the closest Whole Foods to stock up for the week, this was kind of earth shattering. I hung on to the quote for all these years, and I can tell you with absolute certainty that this professor couldn't be more wrong.
It is true that when you avoid spraying a crop with toxic pesticides that it doesn't "add" any vitamins to it. But he's missing the bigger picture. This is the same problem I run in to with a lot of dietitians and nutritionists who promote calorie restriction and burning as the key to weight loss. And never focusing on the quality of the food itself. I usual joke "So the 100 calorie packs of Oreo's are healthy right?" Far from it. What the professor is missing is the state of the person who is digesting and processing the food. What kind of state is the human in? When you build a toxic environment with garbage and ingredients you will not process food the same way. Ever met someone with weight loss intolerance? You know, the person who eats less than a 1000 calories a day and burns twice that amount on a treadmill yet can't seem to lose a pound. There's obviously more to it than the food that is going in to their mouth. Whether it is a hormonal imbalance, thyroid issue, or adrenal gland problem. How did this person get like this? Toxins play a huge role in the state of the human. And conventional farming is loaded with them!
That's another reason why I hate so many diets. You can eat whatever you want as long as you stay under your weight watcher points. Let's build disease while we stay under our allotted points. Or we can eat freeze dried cardboard from Nutrisystem, lasagna that doesn't need frozen or refrigerated. That's healthy right? Just like there has been studies that prove drinking diet soda over regular actually puts on the pounds long term by causing weigh loss resistance. This is because of the toxic crap they put in it! Same with the fruits and veggies, you can actually be doing more harm than good by eating toxic sprayed or genetically modified conventional farmed products. Always chose organic.
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