Going “organic” has been a popular trend for some time, but what exactly constitutes, “organic”? Is organic food worth including on your Phase One Diet?
Traditionally, “organic” was a chemistry term that meant something was carbon-based. Now, the word has taken on a whole new meaning, as it relates to food. When you buy organic foods, it simply means those foods were grown or cultivated without the use of an array of chemical pesticides, herbicides or herbicides. In the case of organic animal products, it means those animals were raised without hormones, steroids or antibiotics. A food can not be labeled “USDA Organic” without meeting a certain set of strict criteria. When looking for organic foods, this is the label to look for in order to guarantee what you are shopping for is what you get. The designation of “natural” or “all natural” is not the same thing as organic. (The term “natural” is often misleading and has no real meaning to it; it is typically a marketing tool.)
People choose organic products because they do not want their food contaminated with chemical pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and the other additives disallowed in organic food production. This choice is not without reason––a variety of health problems are linked to antibiotics, steroids, hormones and chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The whole idea behind going organic is to remove potentially dangerous byproducts from you diet.
However, growing plants and animals organically ostensibly constitutes a much higher cost to the producers, who then pass that cost on to the consumers. Buying organic typically means paying a premium on the food you buy, something many people either can not afford or choose not to pay for.
So where does that leave those of us on the Phase One Diet? How important is choosing organic food?
The Phase one Diet is designed to starve pathogenic fungi inside the body while limiting exposure to fungi and their poisons, many of which contaminate parts of our food supply. One could ostensibly be on the Phase one Diet without ever shopping organic. Foods, such as fruits and vegetables allowed on the diet, are not disallowed because they are not organic. However, it is important to remember a few things, particularly when it comes to shopping for meat. Antibiotics are fungal metabolites (mycotoxins), and should be avoided when possible. Added hormones may also play a role in the presence of fungal infections. When shopping for meat, it is best to look for organic varieties, when possible.
As far as the importance of organic foods on the Phase one Diet, it is beneficial to buy organic when selection and finances allow. It is also important to remember that simply because a food is organic, it is not necessarily fit for the Phase one Diet; plenty of foods that can be organic (think: bread, pasta, corn, peanuts sugar, etc.) are not permitted on the Phase one Diet. If you can not find organic produce, simply go to extra lengths to
wash the produce you do buy. On the Phase one Diet, it is more important to stick to the tenants of the diet than to consume only organic fare.