Organic Fruit

Buying organic fruit is important because many fruits are very juicy and have thin skins. This allows synthetic pesticides, fungicides and other chemicals easier access into the fruit. This makes even the healthiest of fruits slightly poisonous.

But I hear all the time that organic fruit isn't worth the extra money you pay. The only reason that anyone could say such a thing is simply born from a lack of subjective information. Lack of knowledge about anything, be it organic fruit or cars, usually leads to the commoditization of that product or a competing product that looks and seems the same yet costs less. This is because no additional value can be found in a more expensive product that looks just the same as a cheaper one. But looks aren't everything...we need to know what's under the hood.

The information that can give us this knowledge is conveniently swept under the rug away from prying eyes. In fact, we have to actually go looking for it to get any good information on what all the fuss is about with organic fruit vs. "conventional".

The food industry, for example, has done a great job of making sure they won't be required to label GMO foods (with a few exceptions in some States) here in the U.S.A. despite strong public support to the contrary.

Little things (and big things) like this example are seldom shown or reported on in the media. Big business likes it this way...They don't want things mentioned in the media they don't want you to know about. Any they certainly don't want anyone thinking critically about any of this.

To learn a bit more about how our food has changed over time and how our fruit has become either organic or conventional, visit the healthy diet food page.

Although this seems like a pretty simple topic, it actually has quite a few moving parts but we'll be focusing on what we need to know and why. In order to empower you to make informed and conscious decisions about what you eat, this is critical. 

Organic Fruit

Organic fruit is essentially what humans have been eating since there have been humans. Before farming, these would have been harvested from the wild and grew unattended by people. We started farming and learning agriculture about 12,000 years ago.

Today's organic farming practices and requirements vary from country to country but generally have common attributes such as:

  • Biological pest control as opposed to the use of synthetic pesticides.
  • Weed control is handled by weed pulling, crop rotation, tilling and mulching instead of chemical weed killers.
  • Crop rotation. This enhances the nutrition available to the crop in the soil and is also diverse in that several different crops are grown in an area instead of one large crop.
  • Natural fertilizers.
  • Not genetically modified (no GMO's).
  • Not irradiated. Food irradiation has been used to sterilize food and also stop the ripening process to prolong shelf life. The problem is that it can also reduce the positive nutritional and enzymatic properties of the food and also increases free radicals in the food.
  • No synthetic food additives.
  • No chemical ripening.

Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?

Organic fruit is what we have always eaten throughout our entire existence on this planet until just recently in about the last 100 years or so.

Of course, this is about the time we started seeing wide spread health issues such as obesity, diabetes and all kinds of diseases rarely seen in our not-so-distant past.

Don't get me wrong...I'm not saying that moving away from organic fruit as a society is the sole reason for our health woes...but it is a part of the problem and we probably don't even fully understand yet what kinds of issues these changes will cause on human health. By the time we find out, the damage will already be done.

Conventional Fruit

"Conventional" farming was created out of a need for higher profit margins and higher yields for a growing population of people largely centrally located in large communities such as cities. So...conventional is not the original. Organic is.

  • Synthetic pesticides used for pest control. Of course, this gets all over the crops we're supposed to be eating and gets into the soil. Also is a big problem for water pollution.
  • Weed control is all done using synthetic weed killers. This also gets all over the crop you're supposed to eat and gets into the soil. Also is a big problem for water pollution.
  • Instead of a diverse farm, many conventional farms produce a single crop.
  • Fertilizers are also synthetic.
  • Foods can be irradiated, chemically ripened and all the food additives the food industry can get past the FDA can be used.

Um, doesn't sound quite so good.

So what does all this mean to your vitality, health and strength? Let's break it down into 2 primary sections: synthetic chemicals and GMO's.

Synthetic Chemicals

The synthetic chemicals used by conventional farming practices include fertilizers, herbicides and for pest control.

Let's be clear...none of these chemicals are good for you, your family or the environment. But aren't these chemicals just residues on the fruit you ask? Yes. But we should not be getting ANY of these destructive chemicals in our bodies for a whole bunch of reasons. 

Case in point: at a high level, here are some of the health hazards associated with the use of these chemicals:

  • Hormone disruption
  • Cancer
  • Nervous system damage (neurological)
  • Harmful to reproductive organs
  • Immune system disruption  

Let's put this in more perspective...reproductive problems and birth defects, cancer, mental health, allergies and behavioral problems.

When I think about this a little deeper, I can't help but to think this could have a negative influence on ADHD and autism. I also hear stories of people who "ate well" and exercised and still got cancer. 1 + 1 = 2. There must be a link here that it seems few want to talk about. 

This is a part of the problem because chemicals that can do this to your body are certainly not contributing to optimum health. They can't...regardless of how good the fruit is for you.

As mentioned on the healthy diet foods page, this is the reason I could not have just simply listed a bunch of organic fruit that I recommend you should be eating because there is more to the story. Without the knowledge to go along with it, organic fruit would just mean fruit.

A healthy fruit laced with synthetic chemicals is no longer healthy. Period.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's)

GMO's are foods that have had their genetic makeup altered using genetic engineering. GMO foods have not been fully studied for their effects on health either. Regardless, they promote this as good and healthy for everyone and everything.

For the studies that have taken place about their effects on health, some have shown to leave behind harmful materials in your body that are linked to cancer. Animal studies have shown to damage organs, create immune disorders and infertility.

Wanna hear more? Since GMO's were first introduced in 1996, the percentage of people with chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% within 9 years. Food allergies suddenly became commonplace where before it was a much more rare occurrence. Autism, digestive problems and fertility issues increased. Toxic pesticides found in GMO corn was detected in the blood of unborn fetuses.

No way can this contribute to optimum health. Regardless, the companies that promote it as good are the same ones reaping big-time profits and running the farmers out of town who are trying to do the right thing.

Yet another really good reason to buy organic fruit.

Healthy Organic Fruit

Ok...finally. Now we can get to the organic fruits themselves. First, let's take a look at the ones that will expose you to the most chemical residues that I very highly recommend you buy organic.

Don't think that these are the only ones I recommend you buy organic. I think we should buy everything organic to avoid GMO's and synthetic chemicals. But the fruits below are the ones that harbor the most chemicals:

  • Kiwi
  • apples
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • grapes
  • blueberries
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon

That being said, here is a listing of organic fruit that I highly recommend you add to your diet for maximum health benefits to help you achieve vitality, health and strength:

  • Acai Berries: The fruit of the acai palm, these berries are fairly high in calories and fats and have a great nutritional and antioxidant profile. Acai berries have anti-inflammatory properties and have several B vitamins and vitamin K. In America, you will usually find this in juice form.
  • Apples: Mom was right when she told you that "an apple a day will keep the doctor away." They are rich in fiber, antioxidants and low in calories. They help regulate cholesterol levels and can lower the risk of heart disease. Oh, and eat the skins!
  • Apricots: High in fiber, beta carotene, lutein and potassium, they help prevent heart disease and macular degeneration.
  • Banana: Well known for being a great source of potassium, bananas are also high in vitamin B6, fiber and several other nutrients. They help to stabilize electrolyte levels and can even help fight depression.
  • Blackberries: Blackberries have a great antioxidant and nutritional profile including Vitamin A, C and K. They can help improve vision, boost the immune system, reduce the risk of blood clots, reduce the effects of aging and the list goes on. 
  • Blueberries: Everyone knows blueberries are good for you. Tons of antioxidants and a super good nutritional profile. They positively effect almost every major function in the body...cardiovascular, muscular and nervous systems and can even help improve your memory. I could go on but we need to talk about other fruits!
  • Cherries: Another fruit with a great antioxidant and nutritional profile. Cherries help with reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and can even help ease pain. Cherries also reduce uric acid in the blood which can cause gout.
  • Coconut: Just about every part of the coconut is an excellent source of antioxidants and nutrition including the water and the meat. Full of potassium and other electrolytes, fiber,  and beneficial fats. It is antimicrobial and is great as a recovery drink and food after exercise.
  • Cranberries: Cranberries have a unique set of nutritional benefits and have been known to have a positive effect for urinary tract infections. The same antioxidants have excellent benefits for teeth and help prevent gum disease and plaque buildup. They are a great source of vitamin C, manganese and fiber. It has a very strong tartiness to the flavor. I mix pure organic cranberry juice with other juices for a nutritional boost.
  • Goji Berries: Full of antioxidants and minerals like selenium, iron and riboflavin. You can usually find them dried in health food stores and they are delicious.
  • Grapes: Red and black grapes contain the best nutritional profiles and are known for resveratrol which is a phytonutrient. Grapes have anticancer properties and are good for neurological health.
  • Kiwi: Anti-inflammatory properties and immune support are 2 great reasons to eat kiwi. They are also high in Vitamin C, A and E.
  • Mango: High in vitamin C and A, beta carotene and antioxidants, mangos support the immune system, cardiovascular system and healthy skin and is an anti-inflammatory.
  • Oranges: Tons of vitamin C and fiber, oranges have been known to have a long list of health benefits including heart health and has antimicrobial properties.
  • Peaches: A great way to lose weight, peaches are sweet and juicy but have very few calories. They are loaded with antioxidants and potassium.
  • Pears: Just 1 pear contains 25% of your daily recommended intake of fiber and can lower cholesterol. Also great for your immune system.
  • Pineapple: Anti-inflammatory and full of vitamin C, manganese and vitamin A. Pineapples have a great nutritional profile and also contain an enzyme called bromelain which is being studied for its health benefits.
  • Raspberries: A great source of an array of nutrients and fiber. Raspberries have anti-cancer properties, is anti-inflammatory and is high in antioxidants.
  • Strawberries: In addition to a ton of antioxidants, strawberries are also high in potassium, magnesium and calcium. Be sure to eat them as fresh as possible since some nutrients diminish as time passes.

This is just a short list of my favorites. And don't let the brief description of benefits for each one fool you. Those were just the highlights!

Buying organic will ensure you are not getting GMO's and greatly reduces your exposure to damaging chemicals. 

At the end of the day, any organic fruit you can get your hands on will provide you with a multitude of health benefits from vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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