Organic Foods Not Always Better

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Organic produce and meat typically isn’t any better for you than conventional varieties when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content, according to a new review of the evidence.

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The review sums up evidence from hundreds of studies of organic foods. Some of the studies compared organic milk, meats, eggs, and produce to non-organic foods. Those studies measured nutrients in the foods as well as contaminants like pesticides and bacteria. A few studies tried to find health differences between people who ate only organic or only non-organic foods.

After weighing all the evidence, the researchers conclude that organic foods don’t appear to have more vitamins or nutrients than non-organic foods.

Non-organic fruits and vegetables were 30% more likely to have pesticides than organic fruits and vegetables. But because it’s rare for any produce to exceed pesticide safety limits set by the FDA, researchers say it’s not known whether reducing an already small exposure makes a difference.

The review also shows that organic meats are less likely to harbor “superbug” bacteria that are resistant to treatment with antibiotics. But researchers say most antibiotic-resistant infections in people come from misuse of antibiotics, not from eating contaminated foods.

In the end, researchers say there’s no evidence that people who stick to organic diets are healthier than people who eat non-organic foods.

 

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What Is A Healthy Lifestyle?

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On September 16, 2012, it was my pleasure to host Gerald Padmore. Gerald recently adopted a healthy lifestyle, beating sleep apnea, seizures, and obesity.  If you have not heard Gerald’s inspiring story, it is worth a listen and the September 16th program is archived on the homepage of thiswebsite.

Gerald has kindly shared with us his daily meals through which he has found a new lease on life! Please enjoy in good health.

God Bless!
~Dr. Ed James

Wake:
• two 12 ounce glasses of water
• Daily communion

Breakfast:
• Cheerios
• Almond milk
• Dark chocolate with acai
• Maybe apple or fruit
• Add blueberries, walnuts
• Drink water 12 ounces of water

Snack: (all or some)
• Fruit
• Granola bar
• Seaweed
• Acai
• Drink 10- 20 ounces of water

Lunch:
• Vegetables, salad, broccoli or mixed, Kale
• Some type of protein
• Fruit, apple preferred
• Some type of dark chocolate
• 20 ounces of water

Snack: (all or some)
• Fruit
• Granola bar
• Seaweed
• Acai
• Drink 10- 20 ounces of water

Dinner:
• Vegetables, salad, broccoli or mixed, kale
• Some type of protein
• Fruit, apple preferred
• Some type of dark chocolate
• 20 ounces of water

Drink water before and after each meal. During meals, sip water after every few bites. I try to drink close to a gallon a day.

Try to walk an hour a day, take stairs vs. elevators, etc. – it works. Avoid white flour, pasta, etc.

By Dr. Ed James, BDO Healthy Lifestyle Expert

Dr. Ed James draws inspiration from his personal experiences with healthy lifestyle changes, having overcome prediabetes and obesity several years ago. In 2011, he founded Heal2BFree to focus on helping individuals and organizations to develop and implement action plans that help close the health disparities gap between blacks and whites.

Dr. James has given many presentations, including the 2011 National Medical Association Colloquium and regularly contributes preventive health-related articles to some of the nation’s top health publications. He is also the primary author and co-editor of Getting into Medical School – A Planning Guide for Minority Students.

He received his BS in Biology from Bucknell University and earned his MD and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania as a participant in the Penn Med Scholars combined degree program.

For more healthy lifestyle tips and news, visit Dr. Ed at Heal 2B Free. To visit Dr. Ed’s blog on BDO, click here.