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Throughout the past several years, organic foods have went from barely being on the shelves at your local grocery store to having entire grocery chains dedicated to just organic foods. Why is this? There is definitely a healthy side to organic foods. So here is some food for thought.

1. Organic foods do not contain any harmful pesticides.

The average non-organic food contains about 20 pesticides.The best way to get rid of these pesticides is by washing your fruits and vegetables, even then pesticides can still cling onto the surface of these foods. Pesticides can be harmful, causing itchy eyes to stomach problems. The best way to avoid pesticides is to go organic.

2. Organic foods contain no Antibiotics

The use of antibiotics or hormones is prohibited in Organic practicing. Antibiotic use in animals is causing great harm to humans. A human can develop antibiotic-resistance, which is resistances to one or several antibiotics and therefore the person will have a harder time fighting an infection. North Carolina uses approximately 3 million pounds of antibiotics as feed enhancers annually, it is estimated the same amount is used for medical treatment in humans nationwide each year.

3. Organically grown fruits and vegetables contain a more significant amount of nutrients.

Organic foods contain more Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, and  Vitamin C, which can help protect you against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, and even skin wrinkling.

Lastly, when you buy organic foods you are supporting local farmers. Most organic foods are grown locally depending on what part of the country you live in, and therefore the transportation cost will be lower and when you buy that fruit or vegetable, you will be supporting your community. So, go do yourself and your community a favor and go organic for 2010, and see if it makes an impact on your life.

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