In the news – organic is the way to go.

In case anyone is still wondering πŸ™‚ – two separate studies confirming that buying organic is a better choice. Below are some bullet points. If you want to read studies and articles themselves, please follow the links.

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Can Eating Organic Food Lower Your Cancer Risk?

  • In a study, those who ate more organic produce, dairy, meat and other products had 25 percent fewer cancer diagnoses over all, especially lymphoma and breast cancer.
  • a new French study that followed 70,000 adults, most of them women, for five years has reported that the most frequent consumers of organic food had 25 percent fewer cancers over all than those who never ate organic [nytimes.com]

Harvard nutrition experts responded to the study saying that more long-term government-funded studies are needed, but in my family, this is not something I want to wait for and experiment with. It is common sense that organic is better, cleaner and more nutritious, more natural, no matter if it prevents cancer – the study is just another proof that it is healthier in general – and this is good enough for me and my family.

Trace amounts of weed killer found in breakfast foods [hsph.harvard.edu]

  • In a first round of tests reported on in August, the environmental group found that two-thirds of 45 food samples made with conventionally grown oats had levels of glyphosate above the EWG health benchmark
  • β€œWhat is more scary?” asked Lu. β€œChoosing cereals between organic and conventional, or being told by your doctor that you or your children have cancer?” [hsph.harvard.edu]

We rarely use oats, we avoid grains in general, but oats I do have on hand in case my kids feel like oatmeal for breakfast, are organic. And as far as cereal – as in a “packaged processed ” food in a box to which you just add cold milk and eat – we do not eat that. There are plenty of quick, easy, healthy and nutritious meals to be made for breakfast from scratch. In all honesty, I don’t think my 10 years old has ever had a cereal from a box. Oh wait, as I am writing this, I now remember, she did have it on a few occasions at our friends’ house. To her, it was a dessert, very sweet and crunchy πŸ™‚

What does she eat in the morning before leaving for school? Multiple options as far as eggs. Open face sandwiches with melted cheese on top. Avocado toast. Every morning she has a cup of bone broth or a bone broth based soup. She loves this warm tasty breakfast with an avocado toast, a buttered toast or even a small sandwich. Sometimes she may have leftovers for breakfast. She also loves cottage cheese or yogurt mixed with berries (fresh or frozen), I add collagen and a touch raw honey. After a filling nutrient dense breakfast like that she does not get hungry until her school lunch. While other kids have to snack only couple of hours after leaving their house, she feels satiated, full of energy and gets no sugar crashes for up to 4 hours after breakfast! Hence she does well at school, teachers always comment on how alert and sharp she is while other kids may be getting sleepy and groggy late morning. They are ready for their sugar fix! And as the snack time comes, while my daughter is doing some work, or reading, her classmates are filling up on candy bars, sugary drinks, and processed package snack foods/junk food.

 

To your health,

Elena

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