Clean Eating (Links: (What is Clean Eating?, What are Non-GMOs? , All…
What is Clean Eating?
What are Non-GMOs?
All About Organic Foods
Dirty Dozen and Clean Fitfteen
What is Clean Eating?
Clean eating is all about eating Whole Foods. Meaning
not eating refined or processed foods.
Instead of taking things out of your diet, add more things in! Such as eating organic foods more protein, and more fruits and veggies
"This sound approach to eating and living well maximizes your energy and optimizes your health, making it more than just a diet. It’s a lifestyle, with built-in flexibility, meaning it can be adapted to fit most any kind of routine.
""Clean Eating" dates back to the natural health food movement of the 1960s, which shunned processed foods for the sake of moral and societal values (rather than health and nutrition issues). Eventually it landed in gyms, where it gained momentum among body builders and fitness models. Recently, however, it made the jump into mainstream America, rejuvenating and inspiring a new generation of healthy eaters."
What are the dirty dozen, dirty dozen plus, and the clean fifteen?
The dirty dozen are the fruits and vegetables that are sprayed with the most pesticides and need to be washed before eating
Sweet bell peppers
Snap peas (imported)
Dirty Dozen Plus 1. Hot peppers 2. Kale/Collard Greens
The fruits and vegetables with the least amount of pesticides are called the "Clean Fifteen"
Avocados 2. Sweet corn 3. Pineapples 4. Cabbage 5. Sweet peas (frozen) 6. Onions 7. Asparagus 8. Mangos 9. Papayas 10. Kiwi 11. Eggplant 12. Grapefruit 13. Cantaloupe 14. Califlower 15. Sweet potatoes
Healthy Food Categories
What are organic foods
"Organic food is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones."
How is food made organic? The crop must be produced on land without the use of pesticides and fertilizers
No pesticides and fertilizers can have been applied to the land for 3 years prior to harvest.
What are GMOs? What are Non-GMO foods?
"Non-GMO means non-genetically modified organisms. GMOs (genetically modified organisms), are novel organisms created in a laboratory using genetic modification/engineering techniques. Scientists and consumer and environmental groups have cited many health and environmental risks with foods containing GMOs."
One of the main problems with genetic engineering is that the process of inserting genes into the DNA of a food plant is random; scientists have no idea where the genes go. This can disrupt the functioning of other genes and create novel proteins that have never been in the food supply and could create toxins and allergens in foods.
"Genetic modification is based on a theory called the Central Dogma, which asserts that one gene will express one protein. However, scientists working with the United States National Human Genome Research Institute discovered that this wasn’t true, that genes operate in a complex network in ways that are not fully understood. This finding undermines the entire basis for genetic engineering."
Foods that are allowed to be genetically modified are:
Corn, Soybeans, Cotton, Canola, Sugar Beets, Alfalfa, Papaya, Yellow "crook neck" squash, Zucchini, "Arctic" apple, "Innate" potato
About 10% – 15% of cows in the US are injected with a genetically modified bovine growth hormone called rBGH. rBGH is Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone.