Organic Vegetables For Weight Loss?

December 28, 2009 :: Posted by - Summer :: Food :: Comments Off


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I was reading on the Huffington Post over the weekend and stumbled upon this article by Dr. John Salerno: Why I Recommend Organic Foods To My Weight Loss Patients.

I recommend organic foods for my weight loss patients because I want them to eat nutrient dense foods, thus you have to begin with the dirt. The overuse of pesticides, herbicides, and other chemical additives for the growth of monoculture genetically modified crops, including corn, soy, rice, canola, and others have wreaked havoc with the soil.

My initial reaction was that this doctor was clearly crazy. I just could not see a connection between organicly grown foods and losing weight. But as I began to read more i started to see his point.

It is not so much that organically grown fruits and vegetables help you lose weight as much as non-organically grown ones can prevent you from dropping pounds. The added chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, and more can cause water retention, food cravings, and have a negative effect on your body’s immune system. All of these things can cause you to gain weight or to be unable to lose some.

Of course, eating organic is not the sudden quick fix to weight loss, and I suspect I will begin to see a lot of new advertisements claiming it is. There are so many factors involved in weight, including genetics and body type, that any claims that you can lose weight easier with this or that really just annoy me.

On the other hand though, if this were to get more people eating organic and therefore increase the demand/lower the costs a part of me likes it. I’m a woman torn.

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