I am not really going to get into a discussion as to whether organic food is more expensive, but i will say-- eating organically has been a godsend in my life. Have i lost weight? Not that I can say is a result of going organic, but my allergies have certainly cleared up. I haven't been sick in over 4 years since switching.
do i think it is more expensive? NO!!! Considering the fact that i don't shop the aisles and don't buy processed foods, i actually wind up spending 3x less than i used to.
it really depends what is more important to you. can't really say anything on dairy since I don't drink it. I don't eat eggs, i don't drink milk. I can get my calcium from more delicious sources.
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Took me 3-years to convert to organic foods/grass fed beef/free-range organic poultry.
I think it's worth it due to pesticides & hormones.
It's expensive and something you can't do overnight unless your rich.
It is true that organic has the same calories, so to lose weight you have to cut down on calories and exercise!
The "hormones in milk" thing is basically an urban legend. The purpose of giving cows hormones is to produce more milk... But farmers make basically nothing on milk. The hormone shot could make a cow produce something like two extra gallons a week. The farmer gets about 25 cents a gallon. The hormones cost at least $10 per shot. So a farmer would be paying $10 to make 50 cents (not to mention the labor cost and insurance risk of having someone give a cow a shot.) The only reason that 99.9% of milk produced in the US isn't labeled hormone free is that the farmer would have to pay for testing to prove it.
The hormones don't get passed into the milk and wouldn't hurt you anyway, but that's beside the point. The bovine growth hormone was such a huge flop for Monsanto that they won't even publish sales figures. Farmers aren't buying it. There may be other reasons to buy organic, but that's not one of them.
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Before there was organic milk I thought I was lactose intolerant because the regular milk gave me the runs and cramps. When organic came out I tried it and have been using it ever since without any problems. So it does affect your health and wouldn't be surprised if the metabolism is one thing it does affect.
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Good point Lady CJM. Google "dirty dozen foods" to learn more about fruits and veggies highest in pesticides. Thankfully, many of things on the list are easy to grow in the home garden.
I am still holding that at regular price I can't afford organic. But I do shop a wholesale grocery near me, and they have awesome deals on some organic items, and I do get what I normally would eat. I also buy local and in season. It costs more, biut it is a no brainer for me. I know where it was grown, I am helping the local economy, and I feel good to do it. Right now there are apples, sweet potatoes, winter squash greens cabbage potatoes. I eat mostly in season, because I believe there is a reason for the season.
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Um...growth hormone would help you to lose weight, it wouldn't cause you to gain it. My body makes almost no growth hormone due to a pituitary injury--that lack of natural HGH is how I gained 100 pounds in the first place. As soon as I started taking growth hormone injections, then I was able to lose weight again. The first 20 pounds pretty much fell off.
That said, assuming you have a normal amount of growth hormone in your body, adding more is not necessarily a good or healthy thing, but the amounts in food are relatively small.
Organic food is great, but it won't help you to lose weight. However, the idea of going for high quality food items instead of higher volume and lesser quality is a good philosophy.
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I'm leaning towards more organic vegetables but that is because the more aware I get of organizations like Monsanto, the less I want to buy products that are genetically modified. I also like to support local organic farmers if I can. We also grow a lot of food in our backyard, and that works pretty well. My boyfriend is out 'picking' his salad for dinner right now.
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Personally, I too lost the weight without any organic products. As others noted, while it's great to be able to eat/drink organic products, it's not always possible because of the cost. Organic food can be extremely expensive. So, while I will buy an organic product when I can because it's on sale, most times I have been eating/drinking conventional products.
I have been buying more of my veggies from local farmers, but once winter sets in and the farmer's markets shut down, I'll be buying conventional or frozen ones again.
It really is better for a person to eat organic because you don't have all the preservatives, artificial sweeteners, chemicals and pesticides. But, when a person is on a budget, you have to do the best you can.
Will drinking organic milk help you lose weight ? Not necessarily. It might be better for your overall health, but not necessarily for your waistline if you're not watching your portion sizes.
People who eat organic foods can still gain weight if they eat too much.
There are reasons that a person might choose organic milk and/or meat over regular....
.... but weight loss is not one of them.
Organic milk/meat has the same calories of the regular stuff. The presence or absence of "growth hormones" in the product does not affect YOUR weight... only the cow's.
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I read on somebody's Spark page how they lost weight by switching to organic milk and meat because of the growth hormones given to cows and other animals that are still present in their milk and meat. I'm thinking of trying organic milk but wondered whether anyone else has tried switching. Were there any benefits?
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