Let’s talk organic… w/ the Plant-Powered Dietitian Sharon Palmer
Hi this is Neily on Nutrition!
I am with Sharon Palmer, author of the Plant-Powered
We’re talking about plant-powered diets, and
I wanted to pick Sharon’s brain a little bit
We hear so much.
First of all, let’s define what organic is.
Well organic is regulated by the United States
Department of Agriculture and it’s a very
rigorous process in which foods have to be
certified, you know that the protection has
to be certified.
And organic production really means that their
most synthetic pesticides and fertilizers
are not allowed to be used in the production
of the crops.
There are a lot of detailed regulations for
how the crops have to be grown in terms, in
order to carry the certification for organic.
So a lot of consumers are interested in organics,
I think because of the pesticides, they like
to see reduced intake of the pesticides in
the plants, you know.
Benefits of going organic.
Well there really are not a lot of clear cut
benefits in terms of the nutritional profile
of organic food, in fact the studies have
shown different things.
There was one big study that came out that
showed that there was really not a big nutritional
difference between an organic and a conventional
But some studies have found a little hire
intake of nutrients and antioxidants.
But I think most people who are interested
in organics are doing it not for the nutritional
value, but to eat food that’s less exposed
to pesticides and fertilizers, and they want
to support more sustainable agriculture.
And I’m very balanced in my approach too,
I’d much rather, and I know you’ve said too,
much rather just eat fruit and vegetables,
versus, sometimes I hear people thinking why
organic why bother.
And that’s not the message we want to give
eat those plant foods, regardless if cost
is an issue.
That’s exactly true.
I mean my advice is to eat fruits and vegetables
If you are avoiding them because you can’t
afford organics, thats not a good message.
We need to be eating more fruits and vegetables,
we’re not eating enough.
And they’re so important to health, they have
all of these nutrients we need and chemicals
that protect our health.
Local, conventionally grown versus organic
that might come from another country.
That’s another great point, because we should
all be eating more close to home especially
when it comes to fruits and vegetables.
These are things that we used to produce in
our communities and a couple of generations
ago everybody had a kitchen garden, so we
all ate locally, and now we’re shipping around
so much produce.
So I think it’s great if you can’t find produce
that comes closer to home.
Wish everybody could have a garden.
That’s the best food you can have.
I remember growing up and my mom would say
go out to the garden and pick our salad.
Quality is so much better when you can grow
your own produce, and the second best to me
would be local, farmer’s market, and you know
supermarkets are getting better now too having
local foods brought to you, so it’s much more
available then it was ten years ago.
Eat those fruits and veggies.
I’ve now seen one study that shows they are
bad for you.
I don’t think there is a study.
So ok great.
Again, Sharon Palmer, author of the Plant-Powered
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