Over the last twenty years, ‘healthy eating’ and ‘organic food’ have become synonymous – and for good reason. Research has consistently shown that organically-grown whole foods like fruits and vegetables provide many benefits and contain higher levels of certain vitamins and minerals including iron, vitamin C, phosphorous and magnesium. An organic label also indicates that the products are free from artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or additives, ingredients our bodies can probably do without. Other benefits of following a more organic diet include a lower risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s, asthma and even certain cancers.
Being the first company to develop a natural energy drink, at GURU, we know a thing or two about organic foods. We talked to our passionate staff and compiled a list of their top 6 shopping tips to help you switch to a more organic lifestyle.
1. Shop in Season
Buying foods that are in season is not only more cost-effective, but your produce will taste better – full of natural flavor and nutrition. Produce that is purchased in season is more likely to be consumed closer to harvesting which means it will be fresher and higher in antioxidants. Vitamin C, folate and carotenoids all rapidly decline when stored for periods of time.
2. Switch What You Love to Eat
You don’t have to switch to organic overnight, try starting with just one or two items. If you’re not sure where to begin, start out by buying foods that you eat the most – then gradually add more of your staples over time.
3. Read labels
Don’t fall for just a ‘natural’ label. To be certain that the food you’re purchasing is free from all chemicals, make sure it has an organic seal. It means that the product is certified and contains no chemical fertilizers, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, hormones or drugs.
4. Cut corners
Buying only organic products can get kind of expensive. Save where you can by choosing organic produce with the highest pesticide levels: apples, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, grapes, blueberries, cherries, cucumbers, celery, green beans, potatoes and leafy greens such as kale, spinach and lettuce.
5. Visit a Farmer’s Market
Check out your local farmers’ markets and get talking to the growers. Many small farms use organic methods but can’t afford to become certified. This can be a great way to pick up organic food at a cheaper price.
6. Find Deals Online
Online organic stores often have better specials than their brick-and-mortar counterparts because their expenses are typically lower. Online sellers can usually offer lower prices because they don’t have to pay rent on a physical storefront or fork out for retail staff. You should be able to bag better deals online than you can at your local neighborhood supermarket.
Start implementing the tips above you will be well on your way to a healthy and magical lifestyle! If you’re curious as to the benefits of eating organic, check out our previous blog post.
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