More and more foods these days are laden with pesticides, herbicides and GMOs, and my clients have been asking if all those chemicals affect their weight gain. I believe that to lose weight in the most healthy way and maintain a lean body, you have to not only cut out all the processed foods, but also focus on eating more and more organic fruits, veggies and meats. Doctors have been citing studies that show organic foods are more nutrient dense because they were grown in healthy soil. It makes a big difference for weight loss eating organic instead of products with empty calories and unknown health effects and almost certainly have a capacity for making people retain excessive water and fat.
Organic Food for Weight Loss
The added chemicals show up on fresh produce that isn’t organic by way of sprays and dips, and chemical baths, and can impede any weight loss program. Chemicals can increase food cravings, cause water retention, and can actually cause weight gain. These same additives are often allergenic, and can occasionally cause insulin to spike, playing havoc with those people who are pre-diabetic, or diabetic.
It is interesting that foods grown below ground or that have peels are not always safe from pesticides. To help you choose wholesome foods, I have compared a variety of sources and here is my list.
The Dirty Dozen. These fruits and veggies are so bad for you if grown conventionally, so buy them organic only or not at all. The worst offenders are: peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, grapes, kale, lettuce, carrots and pears.
The Clean Bunch. These have the least amount of pesticides so you are okay if organic is not available. Onions, avocados, pineapples, mangos, asparagus, peas, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, papaya, watermelon, broccoli, tomatoes and sweet potatoes are all on the clean list.
It’s important to know that most corn and soy products are to be avoided. Corn products are sugar. Soy is known to increase estrogen, the dominant female hormone which among other things, promote fat gain and inhibits fat loss. Both corn and soy foods are also made from genetically modified seed which accentuates their negative effects, thus helping the body holding onto those extra pounds.
Washing and peeling helps with some products. Rinsing can reduce pesticides but does not eliminate them entirely. Peeling helps but valuable nutrients are lost when the skin is discarded. The best approach is to eat a varied diet and to buy organic when possible.
When is comes to meat, today meat isn’t like it used to be. It often looks like meat, but was harvested from animals that ate grains and were pumped full of hormones and antibiotics to make them grow faster. That’s why buying organic meat is so important for your health and your waistline.