Monday, May 3, 2010

Get to know your fruits

Lately, Daniel and I have been crazy about fruit and veggies! We are making our diets much better by filling it with the seasons' best fruits and vegetables. We aren't stocking the refrigerator with just healthy things but we're stocking it with organic items. It's really important to us to know where our food comes from - how many miles did it travel, are we supporting local farmers, and most importantly are the farmers using many pesticides? It has been kind of a challenge to identify which fruits and vegetables come pesticide free. My Paper Crane created a cute little pocket guide to help you identify the fruits and veggies that you should buy organic or regular. As a graduate student on a tight budget, I know it's difficult for some people (especially college students) to buy organic fruits. This guide will be helpful in letting you know which ones you can buy without the high sticker price that comes with the word "organic". I've printed mine and placed it in my wallet already!

From My Paper Crane

So why is this important? It's important to know what we put into our bodies because these herbicides and pesticides can have long term health affects on our bodies. While you may not see a difference now, you may develop something in the future that is a result of the pesticides we've consumed in our fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables should be grown in natural soil and environments without the pesticides. Not only are these pesticides harmful, they also cause the nutrients to deteriorate in our fruits and vegetables making it difficult for us to get the nutrients we need to be healthy and strong. I think this is why we are so dependent on taking supplements (this is a whole other story...) I hope you consider making some small changes the next time you walk into your grocery store.

More cooking expeditions to come soon!

- Cake for Mother's Day
- Hearty dishes from my cooking magazines

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