You’ve long known that the type of food you put into your body ultimately affects your overall health. This makes it all the more crucial to choose what you eat so as to ensure optimum wellness. And in this day and age of hectic lifestyles, fixing yourself quick and easy to prepare canned vegetables or chemically preserved or dried meats daily certainly is convenient. Needless to say, eating said processed food items is not good for you. Instead, eat as much whole fresh foods as you can so as to boost your health. Of course, not all purportedly “natural” food items are good for you, like non-organic, un-rinsed vegetables, for instance.
Continue reading and discover more about the negative effects of non-organic, un-rinsed vegetables and why the Superhuman Food Pyramid recommends you avoid them.
Non-Organic, Un-Rinsed Vegetables’ Risks:
Non-organic, un-rinsed vegetables are, first and foremost, grown with the use of toxic petrochemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, and just recently, antimicrobials as well. Residues of petrochemicals which have been directly sprayed onto the vegetables then remain on the outer leaves and skins of vegetables, though traces of them may be removed by thorough washing. Pesticide exposure has manifold detrimental side effects in humans, some of which are birth defects, neurological conditions like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), chronic illnesses like diabetes, and degenerative diseases like cancer.
Non-organic vegetables have noticeably higher traces of heavy metals as well. This is because heavy metals like the highly toxic arsenic are mixed in petrochemicals which then remain well in the soil, and subsequently get absorbed by the roots, fruits, and leaf tissues of the vegetables. Non-organic crops are also grown in industrial farms that don’t practice routine soil rehabilitation and so normally yield vegetables and other crops that have measurable heavy metals like cadmium and even mercury.
Some non-organic vegetables are genetically modified, too. GMO’s long-term effects on humans are not that widely researched yet but the available animal studies aren’t that promising. For instance, the effects of GM soy beans on animals, like genital abnormalities and high offspring mortality rates, are enough to make you want to steer clear of any agricultural product that’s been engineered genetically.
Non-organic, un-rinsed vegetables are full of pathogenic bacteria which can cause foodborne illnesses as well. Cucumbers and salad greens like romaine lettuce and iceberg lettuce, for instance, have been traced as the source of E. coli and Salmonella contamination in the past. The use of unprocessed animal manure in industrial farms, coupled with improper handling methods, are just some of the potential causal agents of pathogen contamination.
Non-organic, un-rinsed vegetables have possibly been subjected to irradiation as well. Food irradiation was approved for use as a way to eliminate illness-causing pathogenic bacteria since 2008 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some of the negative effects of food irradiation, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), are loss of nutrients, generation of dangerous free radicals, and creation of compounds that weren’t originally present in the irradiated vegetables and crops.
Lastly, non-organic, un-rinsed vegetables have been grown with the use of unsustainable farming practices. The rampant administration of petrochemicals not only destroys the soil, but the air and water systems as well.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the negative effects of nightshade vegetables and why you should avoid them to succeed in your quest to Become Superhuman.
In the meantime, if you care to jump ahead, here is a complete listing of the vegetables on Superhuman Food Pyramid:
• Bok Choy
Also avoid if autoimmune disease or nightshade sensitivity:
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