Healthy Food Healthy You
The English word tomato comes from the Spanish tomati. The tomato is a small, abundant fruit shaped like a pear with a skin that is deep yellow, easy to pick out by touch and with a somewhat crumpled shape. The tomato is native to the western and southern Asia and was brought to Europe by the Portuguese in the early 1500’s. The fruit was stripped of its leaves when it became too hot and spicy for cultivation and now serves as a vegetable, eaten raw, or cooked. The tomato is a fruit with a strong flavor and is high in beta-carotene and vitamin C. The red ones contain vitamin C more than the green ones. They also contain oxalic acid and vitamin C, potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iodine, copper, selenium and zinc. Research has shown that the human body only needs to be fed store amounts of vitamin C, beta-carotene and potassium for a week. At the same time too much salt and sugar can be harmful for your health. Salt can increase blood pressure and is known to cause strokes. Sugars can cause diseases such as diabetes, obesity and can contribute to heart disease. Instead of salt try low salt or even fat free salt, and also milk low in fat, which will also lower your levels of blood pressure and help you lose weight. The next time you go shopping, check the label and see if you are buying an organic or local product. Organic farming is controlled by a strict set of rules and regulations. Find out what is in your fluid such as diet soft drink, not just the salt content, as it also contains other chemical preservatives and synthetic nutrients. Think about what you are eating and if you are putting harmful chemicals or pesticides in it. You can easily get harmful toxins from the environment in the air and soil, and also from human bodies. Farmers don’t spray crop-destroying chemicals and fertilizers through the air into the surrounding environment. Instead they use natural means such as crop rotation and mulching to control weeds. To get the most out of all the natural produce, one should buy organic not only for the sake of the environment but also for the reason that organic food is healthier for you. Organic foods are all about preserving the natural balance of ecosystem. Another important reason to buy organic is to help you avoid pesticides and chemical fertilizers. While they are better for producing food, they are toxic to the human body and set off diseases. Buy organic so that you can avoid this harmful cycle. The last reason to buy organic is to eat only fruits and vegetables that have been grown organically. While some people can’t stomach the taste of organic foods, most people can’t stomach the taste of non-organic foods, so they have to be cooked and processed to be eaten. However, if you can’t buy organic then it is best to buy fruits and vegetables that have been produced in a chemical free environment. This is where farmers markets are excellent. They organically grow food and offer food that is fresh, organic, and free from additives and preservatives. Local farmers markets are excellent also, as they often have locally grown organic products. It is very easy to get to a farmers market, and once you get there, ask about your produce. Organic is an option you should consider, as farmer’s markets offer you the greatest chance of getting the freshest product possible. Did you know that you can even get organic milk through the grocery stores? In fact, there are a number of milk products available that are actually organic. These include cheese, yogurt, and even butter. This is possible because dairy products are raised without the hormone DHA and other harmful chemicals. One other place where organic foods are offered is at upscale restaurants. Yes, restaurants have been incorporating organic food on their menu’s, and quite a few have chosen to remove meats from their regular dishes entirely. At these restaurants, they can definitely offer you a healthier menu of natural grown foods. Even though organic foods taste better and are simply tastier, they are also very different from the typical foods we are familiar with. They offer a great deal of health benefits such as better tasting food, better for your body, and a healthier environment. You can be pleasantly surprised at the wonderful changes you have on your cooking, and other foods, as you begin to incorporate organic offerings. You will even be surprised at how much better your body feels after beginning to eat a more organic diet.