Is Eating Organic Worthwhile

Will Eating Organic Make You A Better Hockey Player?

Probably won’t add 6mph to your slap shot, but for some foods it probably won’t hurt either.

I wrestle with this one a little bit myself as I fork over 3x the money for organic chicken than I would for ‘regular’ chicken at the market.  Paul hates it when I buy organic milk because it went off before the expiry date one time (and it costs almost double).  As you will see in the video below-  he is probably right.

organic food for hockey playersBut I can’t help remembering what fruits and vegetables tasted like when I was a kid.  How we didn’t HAVE tomatoes during the winter – that was a summer food not a factory food.

A few years ago when Paul and I were in Scotland for a visit, I could not get over the flavor of the eggs, the freshness of the salmon – everything was like I remembered when I was a kid.  I had almost forgotten that an egg yolk is supposed to be a deep, deep yellow (almost orange) rather than the pail watery middle to our eggs at home.

One of my friends was in Italy and Switzerland this past summer and he commented that there is no ‘organic food’ section in the grocery store – it is just how they farm.  I liked that.

So I do try to buy organic for certain foods, here are the ones that are commonly referred to as the ‘Dirty Dozen’

  • Apples
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  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines
  • Grapes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Blueberries
  • Potatoes

And here are the foods where you can probably save the extra $$ – knows as the ‘Clean 15’

  • Onions
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  • Pineapples
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Watermelon
  • Mushrooms

Here’s what Registered Dietician Lisa Cianfrini had to say about eating organic food when we sat down for a chat a while ago…

If you cannot see the video above, just click the link below…
http://youtu.be/QUd8-0S3U5U

And finally, here is what the folks over at Precision Nutrition have to say about All-Things Organic

Catch you later in the week to talk about the steps you should take to get back after injury.

Cheers,
M

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