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Dr. Dan Curriden
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1424 Spring St.
Smyrna, GA 30080
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One Food To Avoid

“Warning:  The One Food You
Must Avoid Immediately

No beating around the bush here, I’m going to get straight to the point…one of the worst possible foods you can eat is:

Butter!

Now, some of you might be nodding your heads saying, “I knew it!” while others are going, “Wait, I just read where butter’s good for me.” But hold on just a minute…before you go filling your refrigerator with trans-fat laden margarine or other fake butter, take a gander at this.  You see, this article was originally going to be titled, “Do you really have to buy organic?”, but as I went through the research process I was absolutely shocked to learn that one of the most polluted foods is non-organically produced butter.

 

In a study of pesticide concentrations in fruits, vegetables, meats and other foods, non-organic butter topped the list.  So if you can only afford one organic food, it should be butter.  Later in the article I’ll list other foods you should consider purchasing organically, budget permitting, but first, I want to briefly discuss butter, as there are several misconceptions.

Real butter, as opposed to margarine or any other imitations, is actually a healthy food.  Consider that butter has a high concentration of Vitamin A, which helps with vision and the endocrine system. Butter also has all of the fat soluble vitamins, including D, E, and K. Butter contains iodine, which is good for healthy thyroid function.  Selenium, a trace mineral with antioxidant properties is higher in butter than in garlic, ounce for ounce.  Butter contains a number of beneficial fats including conjugated linoleic acid with its potent anti-cancer properties, butyric acid which is used by the colon, and lauric acid, a natural antifungal and antimicrobial substance.  Finally, butter contains cholesterol.  And no, that’s not a bad thing.

Cholesterol is necessary for children to develop an optimally functioning brain and nerve system, and it helps adults maintain optimal nerve function. Also, cholesterol is needed to maintain optimal digestive system function. Also, unlike the butter substitutes, butter contains no trans-fats.  Many of these substitutes pose as healthy foods, and some even state that they are trans-fat free. Don’t believe it.  There are many tricks that food manufacturers can play such as my all-time favorite I wrote about a while back; labeling a can of Pam cooking spray as “For Fat-Free Cooking”, when it is essentially a can full of fat.

Finally, the best butter is made using organically produced raw milk, but if you do not have access to raw milk butter, then getting butter made with organic pasteurized milk is the next best choice.

So I hope that even if you buy nothing else organic, you will at least get organic butter.  But if you do want to dramatically improve your health, I recommend purchasing other organic food products based on the results of a 4 year study funded by the EU called the Quality Low Input Food project.  The study found that organic food is considerably more nutritious than conventionally produced food.  Organic fruit and vegetables were found to have up to 40 percent great antioxidant levels, as well as higher amounts of important minerals such as iron and zinc. Organic milk had up to 90 percent more antioxidants.

The fact that you are getting more nutrients from the same amount of food means that you can eat less. You are less likely to have cravings and these two factors can combine to make it easier to lose weight.  Also, even though organic costs more, since you don’t have to buy as much, you can end up spending about the same as on conventional food.

Another potential benefit of consuming organic foods comes by way of reducing the consumption of pesticides, as well as increasing the amounts of antioxidants.  Both of these may lead to less sick time and decreased health care costs, possibly even increased longevity.

If you are interested in adding organic foods to your shopping list, in addition to butter, the next item to change would be adding organically raised meats, if you consume meat.  The reason is because the animals consume grains and other items and if their feed is not organic, the herbicides and pesticides from the conventionally-grown grains become highly concentrated in the meat.  In addition, conventionally raised animals are often given large amounts of hormones and antibiotics.  I’ve read conflicting research on whether or not consuming hormone-raised leads to health problems, but I don’t want to gamble.  And I certainly don’t want to take in an unknown amount of antibiotics through my diet. So while it’s true that there is a considerable price difference, you will have to weigh the risks to benefits and decide whether organic meats are worth it.

After meat comes organically raised fruits and vegetables. Here’s a list of the fruits and vegetables that had the highest concentration of pesticides when conventionally grown, meaning you should buy organic whenever possible:

Buy Organic:

  • Strawberries (highly toxic)
  • Green peppers
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Green Peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Grapes
  • Spinach
  • Potatoes
  • Cherries (toxic)
  • Celery
  • Pears
  • Nectarines

Some foods aren’t subjected to as many harmful chemicals and so may be OK to purchase in conventional form:

OK to Buy Conventional:

  • Bananas
  • Avocado
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple

If you aren’t already buying organic foods, I hope you will strongly consider doing so after reading this article.

 

And remember, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health, talk to us. Contact us with your questions. We’re here to help, and enjoy participating in your life long good health so if you are looking for a chiropractor in Smyrna, stop by or give us a call.

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