In addition to the wholesome quality and flavour of organic foods, consuming them reduces your exposure to harmful pesticides. When you seek out organic options, you support a food system that does not rely on chemicals known to damage the environment. Here are 5 scary facts about pesticides to keep you motivated to play your part in discouraging pesticide pollution.
Scientists tasked with determining the safety of pesticides only study chemicals in isolation. They fail to consider that the pesticides will be part of a chemical cocktail that often increases toxicity. As a result, safety studies cannot provide a realistic report on the effects of a pesticide. Pesticide manufacturers tend to sponsor most of the safety research, which casts more doubt on the thoroughness of their conclusions.
Globally, farmers apply billions of pounds of pesticides on their crops every year. The Royal Society of Medicine reported that only 1% of pesticides actually act upon targeted pests. The rest drifts throughout the environment into people’s homes and yards and bodies of water.
According to the Pesticide Action Network of North America, the class of pesticides known as organophosphates appear to increase rates of ADHD among children. Pregnant women exposed to endosulfan, widely used on fruits and vegetables, faced an increased risk of bearing autistic children.
The Sierra Club Canada warns that children living where pesticides are used in their yards or inside their houses had six times the risk of developing leukemia.
Although it’s important to wash your produce, you cannot succeed completely in scrubbing away harmful pesticide residues. Pesticides can penetrate beyond the surface of fruits and vegetables. Repeated applications of chemicals throughout the growing cycle can inject the pesticides throughout a plant’s system. The plant, as it draws in water and nutrients, will pick up the chemicals and incorporate them throughout the plant body or fruit. Popular fruits like apples, strawberries, bell peppers, and peaches frequently experience systemic contamination.
The produce buyers at Famous Foods work hard to include high-quality organic fruits and vegetables to provide you with the healthiest choices in Vancouver.
Grocery shopping is often one of the most dreaded tasks of adulthood because of how expensive it can be. This is especially true if you’re shopping for a family. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can reduce your food expenses while still enjoying your favourite meals.
This takes a bit of preparation beforehand, but it can be well worth the savings and reduced stress during the week. When you plan your meals in advance, even if you only plan one or two meals per day, you can significantly reduce the amount of money you spend on buying “just in case” items.
Try planning meals that are easy to prep ahead of time, and make leftovers that can be reheated for lunches to save both time and money.
Grocery stores typically rotate their sales weekly, and different stores will run different promotions. Pay attention to the sales flyers from the stores you frequent, and make note of where to go for the best deals on things you need.
As long as you don’t have to drive too far to each store, you will save significant amounts of money by shopping the deals.
Almost every store, including Famous Foods, has some form of points or rewards program now, and these programs are typically free to join. Rewards members usually get better discounts, coupons and access to exclusive deals. When possible, download store apps to keep track of your loyalty card, clip digital coupons and see the sales flyers early.
Obviously you can’t buy everything in bulk, but go for the economy packs whenever possible. Buying big packs of things like paper goods, non-perishables and pantry staples will usually lead to considerable savings. You can also bulk buy meats that are on sale and freeze them for future use.
More often than not, the generic brand of an item is just as good as its name-brand counterpart but at a much lower price. Even if you decide that you prefer the branded version of certain items, you can save a sizeable amount of money by subbing in generic or less expensive brands for the things that taste the same. Good examples of starter substitutions would be dry pasta, dairy goods and frozen veggies.
Grocery Trips Don’t Have to Break the Bank
With a little planning beforehand and some savvy shopping, you can cut your grocery bill down to a manageable size and start saving some serious cash.
There’s nothing worse than slogging through a school day with no energy. When you’re sleepy or lethargic, it’s difficult to do well on assignments and pay attention in class. While it might be easy to grab a sugary snack or down an energy drink, this is actually worse for you in the long run because you’ll experience an energy crash that will likely leave you feeling even more exhausted.
To keep your body and mind fresh throughout the school day, it’s important to eat the right foods for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Here are a few ideas.
Be sure to eat a balance of complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats in order to maintain your energy levels. While you might be tempted to skip breakfast in favour of more sleep, investing in a good breakfast will pay dividends throughout the day.
Simple meals like a hard-boiled egg, avocado wheat toast or a smoothie with oats and berries can give you plenty of energy without taking up too much time. If you’re usually running late, try prepping overnight oats or egg cups the night before so that you can grab them before you head out the door.
Prepping lunches ahead of time will help you pack heartier, healthier meals. Salads with leafy greens, light dressings and lean meats are a perfect way to boost energy levels and keep you feeling full through the afternoon. If greens aren’t your thing, you can always pack sandwiches on whole grain bread or whole wheat wraps and include raw veggies, fresh fruit, nuts and Greek yogurt as sides.
A healthy snack is the perfect antidote to the afternoon lull. Consider packing a few simple, mess-free snacks in your bag such as string cheese, a small pack of trail mix or a handful of almonds.
If you can keep it cool, storing a nutrient-rich fruit and veggie smoothie in your bag can also be a great way to boost energy levels during class.
Fuel Your Body to Fuel Your Mind
School days are often long, and you want to ensure you bring your A-game every day. When you eat the right foods, you’ll find that you have plenty of energy to stay sharp and focused in class. Stock up on all your back-to-school grocery needs at Famous Foods.
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