Are Organic Foods Really Healthier For Us?

The Real Truth behind Organic Foods

Many people are unaware of what organic food really is.  It seems that everywhere we go now someone is promoting something that is “organic”.  Are these foods worth your time and money?

It almost seems like some people are afraid of organic food. Could this be possible? Are people afraid that eating one morsel of organic food is going to somehow instantly initiate them into the organic food cult where you’re only allowed to wear sandals made from tree bark and deodorant is prohibited?

People will say things like, “Well, you can’t be that organic because you wear make-up and you don’t smell.”

What? That’s not what organic means at all!  All it means is that the food or the product has been grown the way Mother Nature intended: without the use of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. In other words, naturally!

Are some people afraid of the price? Organic does not automatically mean “break the bank”. Many times when you compare the price of the organic food versus the conventional food, they are only a few cents different.

Is there such a thing as Cheap Organic Food?

Are Organic foods really worth their sometimes high prices?  Is there any way to make organic eating affordable?

Many times people’s biggest resistance to buying organic is the higher price.  But there are ways to make organic eating cheaper and much more affordable for you and your family.

What exactly is Organic Food?

Organic food is food grown or raised without the use of synthetic (chemically formulated) pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or fertilizers. This method of farming allows foods to grown in nature as they were intended. Consider that conventional farmers in the United States spray 2 billion pounds of pesticides a year on crops to compensate for poor farming practices. Do you know where those pesticides end up? In our food supply!

Aside from pesticide contamination, conventional produce tends to have fewer nutrients than organic produce. On average, conventional produce has only 83 percent of the nutrients of organic produce. Studies have found significantly higher levels of nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and significantly less nitrates (a toxin) in organic crops.

Here is how to master the art of “going organic on a budget”:

Stop buying crappy “non foods” (and, yes, crappy is a scientific term). Most protein shakes, “health” bars, and processed foods are actually pretty expensive and when you completely eliminate them from your grocery list, you will save hundreds of dollars. Take a good look at the price of sugar cereals, packaged cookies and cakes, and frozen TV dinners. You will see how the prices of these foods quickly add up. That same amount of money can be better spent on a week’s worth of organic produce.
Start eating reasonable portions and you’ll find the food was not that expensive. When you really look at how much you eat and how much you are supposed to be eating, you clearly have mistaken yourself for a 200 lb sumo wrestler. You have portion distortion to say the least and eating less meant spending less!
Seek out local farmers markets. You will find prices are so much better and you’ll always get fresh food in season. And, honestly, if the price of cherries was the equivalent of diamond earrings, choose a different fruit. Go for the apples, pears, or bananas. Variety is good anyway so choose the fruits and veggies without the diamond prices.
Buy organic foods “selectively”. The following foods have been shown to have the highest levels of pesticide residue, so they should really always be purchased organic:


1. Peaches

2. Apples

3. Strawberries

4. Nectarines

5. Pears

6. Cherries

7. Red Raspberries

8. Imported Grapes


9. Spinach

10.  Bell Peppers

11.  Celery

12.  Potatoes

13.  Hot Peppers

Animal products

*Always look for animal products (meats, poultry, and dairy) that have no added antibiotics and growth hormones. Ingesting meats that have been injected with these harmful substances is equivalent to eating the hormones and antibiotics themselves. Very dangerous!

These foods tend to be lower in pesticide levels so can be purchased conventional if necessary:


14.  Pineapples

15.  Plantains

16.  Mangoes

17.  Bananas

18.  Watermelon

19.  Plums

20.  Kiwi Fruit

21.  Blueberries

22.  Papaya

23.  Grapefruit

24.  Avocado


25.  Cauliflower

26.  Brussels Sprouts

27.  Asparagus

28.  Radishes

29.  Broccoli

30.  Onions

31.  Okra

32.  Cabbage

33.  Eggplant

There’s no material item that comes close to matching “feeling good” about yourself. Take a look at where you’re spending your money now and figure out how to fit organic foods into your budget (even if it’s a slow transition). It is worth your effort. Eat Healthy!

INSANE Street Food Tour in Saigon, Vietnam | HIDDEN Vietnamese Street Food + Street Breakfast & EGGS

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Street Food in Vietnam is insane! Vietnamese Street Food is some of the BEST and CHEAPEST in Asia! Street Food around the world is different, and you can join us for a full on street food tour of Saigon in Vietnam!

In this Street Food Adventure tour video, I (Trevor James, The Food Ranger) and Ting Ting go explore the deep back streets of Saigon and we eat and try a ton of delicious street food in Vietnam.
We are going on a Vietnamese street food tour and a full on street food adventure into Saigon’s busiest street food markets, street food alleyways, and deep food streets.

We discovered a ton of cheap (NOT EXPENSIVE) and delicious, and a bunch of local street food that you’ll definitely want to travel here for.

Asian street food is definitely some of the BEST street food in the world, and because we live in China, eating Chinese street food all the time, it’s easy for us to travel overland or fly to Vietnam to eat the best street food when we like.

In this street food tour video, we ate a lot of delicious Vietnamese street foods. Here are the addresses for the street foods, for your next visit to Saigon, Vietnam:

-Deep Back Alley Street Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup:
257 Duan Van Bo, Saigon, Vietnam
-Market Fresh Vietnamese Durian:
Duan Van Bo Alleys, There is a huge street food market here that you can spend hours exploring!
-Southern Vietnamese Street Food Bun Rieu: This is in the Duan Van Bo Alleyways too!
-Southern Vietnamese Street Food Com Tam Banh:
154 Le Quoc hung, Saigon, Vietnam
-Coconut Worms:
228 Ly Tu Trong Street, District 1, Saigon, Vietnam
-Vietnamese Street Food Quail Egg Balut: This guy is on a motorbike and roams the streets. Best to search around the back alleys of Saigon!
-HUGE Seafood and Snails Street Food Feast: Oc Dao Seafood and Snail Restaurant

My name is Trevor James and I’m a hungry traveler and Mandarin learner that’s currently living in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, eating up as much delicious street food that I can!

I enjoy tasting and documenting as many dishes as I can and I’m going to make videos for YOU along the way! Over the next few years, I’m going to travel around the world and document as much food as I can for you! I love delicious food! This channel will show you real Chinese food and real local food, not that stuff they serve in the Buzzfeed challenge.

Thanks for watching, and please feel free to leave a comment, suggestion, or critique in the comments below!

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