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Why to Buy Organic Foods for Heart Health

May 14, 2010

The Anti Cancer Diet recommends not only a plant-based diet, but one with an emphasis on organic or locally grown fruits and vegetables. They explain that “Some pesticides found in commercially-grown produce are also suspected carcinogens. Organic foods are free of these pesticides, and locally grown produce is less likely to have been treated with chemicals to prevent spoilage.”

Heart Healthy Organic FoodsAccording to beyond pesticides.com, in addition to lacking the toxic residues of conventional foods, organic food is more nutritious with higher total phenolics, important for their anticancer and antioxidant properties.

The American Heart Association recommends a diet high in food sources of antioxidants and other heart healthy nutrients, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts to reduce the risk of Cardiovascular Disease. That’s because allowing oxidation of LDL (or "bad") cholesterol develops fatty buildups in the arteries. This process, called atherosclerosis, can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Phenolics also help prevent clog formation in vessels, preventing delivery of blood and oxygen to tissues beyond the clog. This is called ‘infarction,’ which can be life threatening if it occurs in your heart or brain.

Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of pesticide exposure because they have developing organ systems that are more vulnerable and less able to detoxify toxic chemicals. Pesticide exposure occurs through exposure to chemically treated lawns and food, so switching to an organic diet is an important step in reducing this exposure.

Some foods tend to have lower pesticide residues either because fewer pesticides are used in their production or because they have thicker skins and, when peeled, contain smaller amounts of pesticides than more thin-skinned products. Others hold on to the pesticides they’re exposed to, so you should make sure you get these organically grown: Spinach, Apples, Potatoes, Cherries, Celery, Imported grapes, Bell peppers, Nectarines, Strawberries, Peaches, Raspberries, and Pears.

For more info on what foods to buy organic, go to Organic.lovetoknow.com .