6 TIPS FOR GETTING THE BEST PRODUCE POSSIBLE
HOW TO GET THE BEST PRODUCE POSSIBLE
Ideally only buy fruits and vegetables that are "organic", because fruits and vegetables that aren't grown organically are often sprayed with Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides, Larvicides, and Insecticides which are poisons that are designed to KILL any living organisms that try to eat the fruits and vegetables that they are sprayed on.
Although you aren't likely to die from eating an apple that has been sprayed with pesticides the same way that an insect will it is important to know that consuming these poisons over time has been linked to many health problems in humans ranging from cancer to birth defects, and in America alone over 1 BILLION POUNDS of pesticides are sprayed onto our food supply every year!
The diet that I recommend is based on eating living foods, so eating foods that have been sprayed with a death agent is definitely not something that I would recommend!
If you think that it is a waste of time and money to seek out "organic" produce then I would agree with you if the only fruits and vegetables that you ever eat are the 2 slices of pickles that you get in a McDonald's cheeseburger, but if you are following the diet that I recommend and almost everything that you eat is a fruit or a vegetable then the quality of the produce that you are eating is going to be far more important.
- The fruits and vegetables in the produce section are usually weeks old.
- The fruits and vegetables in the frozen sections are usually months old.
- The fruits and vegetables in the canned food aisle are usually years old.
But the fruits and vegetables that you grow yourself can be as fresh as you want them to be, and you can even eat an apple while it's still on the apple tree if you want to!
Even if you have a really small yard (or no yard at all) there are still a lot of foods that you can grow at home. (I've even seen where people living in apartments have lettuce growing on their living room walls sideways using hydroponics, so anything is possible if you have a strong enough desire to grow your own food!)
Sprouts, herbs, and even vegetables like tomatoes can all be grown inside with very little effort and for less than what it would cost to buy it at a store, so please start growing something at home.
Now-a-days there are very few fruits and vegetables that you can't find at the grocery store all year long.
Watermelon for example used to be a fruit that you could only buy in the summer time, but nowadays if you want to buy a Watermelon in the winter you can do it. However, these "Winter Watermelons" were grown in "Hot Houses" and they won't be as delicious or as nutritious as a Watermelon that was naturally grown outdoors during "Watermelon Season". (And "Winter Watermelons" will also cost about twice as much as "Summer Watermelons" since it is a lot more difficult to grow Watermelon when it isn't in season.)
It is always best to eat fruits and vegetables during their natural growing season, and although it's true that if you only eat fruits and vegetables when they are in season you will have to wait a long time for some of your favorite fruits or vegetables to come back in season, the wait will make it all the more enjoyable once they return, and it will help you to learn to appreciate things more when they are here.
To learn the various seasons for fruits and vegetables click HERE
Why is it best to buy fruits and vegetables that are in their whole and natural state?
Let's look at "Apples" vs "Apple Juice" as an example...
When Apple growers sell their apples to grocery stores they sell them the best quality Apples that they have, and the lesser quality Apples (the ones that are under-ripe, bruised, or over-ripe) often get sold to factories that will turn them into Apple Juice.
Because processed food factories tend to use the lesser quality produce all factory made juices have to be pasteurized by law to kill off any harmful bacteria that could be in the juice, and this pasteurization process destroys a lot of the nutritional value of the juice. After being pasteurized the look and the taste of the juice has been altered so much that it doesn't even look or taste like Apple Juice anymore, so before they can sell it to the public they add artificial coloring and artificial flavoring to the juice just to make it look and taste like Apple Juice.
If you take an Apple that is in it's whole and natural state you will know if it is going bad simply by looking at it. (And even if you are blind you will still know that it is going bad as soon as you bite into it and your natural instinct is to immediately spit it back out.) But if an Apple is going bad and it gets used to make Apple Juice, Apple Sauce, or Applebutter and it contains artificial additives to disguise it's true look and taste then how will you know?
One of the biggest problems with buying fruit at a grocery store is that most large scale fruit growers will pick their fruits when they are still unripe, and they do this for the following 3 reasons...
- If they picked their fruits when they were fully ripe the fruits would be "over ripe" by the time they get to the grocery stores which are often thousands of miles a way.
- If they picked their fruits when they were fully ripe the fruits would be softer and therefore more fragile and more likely to get damaged during shipping.
- If they picked their fruits when they were fully ripe they would lose a lot of money because it makes more business sense to have scheduled dates when the fruits will be picked and shipped rather than waiting patiently for as long as it takes for them to finally be ready to be picked.
So a lot of the fruit that is sold in grocery stores is going to be unripe, and unfortunately a lot of people will try a new fruit for the first time without realizing that it is unripe and will end up having a really bad first impression of that fruit. (And whenever someone offers them some of that fruit in the future they will likely turn it down and say something like, "I tried Papaya once and I don't like it because it's not sweet at all and it just tastes terrible!" when they don't realize that when a Papaya is actually ripe it tastes like the frosting on a birthday cake!)
It is important to understand that certain fruits will continue to ripen after they have been picked, while other fruits can only ripen while they are still on the tree or vine that they grow on.
For example: Fruits like Bananas and Avocados will continue to ripen after they have been picked, but fruits like Berries and Oranges will stop ripening as soon as they have been picked. (So a green Banana can ripen and turn yellow on your kitchen counter, but a pale Strawberry will never ripen and turn red after being picked.)
Fruit trees want us to eat their fruits, but they want us to eat their fruits when they are ripe because that is when the seeds that are inside of the fruit are fully developed and ready to be planted...
- When fruits are unripe they are green like the leaves of the tree that they grow on, making them camouflaged and not easily found and eaten, and as the fruits ripen they becomes a lot more colorful so it will be easier for us to find and eat them.
- When fruits are unripe they are small and high up in the tree where it is hard for us to reach them, and as they mature and ripen they become bigger and heavier which causes the branches of the tree to hang lower, making it easy for us to reach them.
Learning how to tell if a fruit is ripe or not simply by looking at it, smelling it, or squeezing it is somewhat of an art form and will take time to master, but learning this skill will make a HUGE difference in your health, and it has never been easier now that you have "GOOGLE" at your fingertips.
One time I was at a grocery store and I noticed that the Cucumbers were from Mexico, the Avocados were from California, the Celery was from Texas, the Apples were from Washington DC, and the Kiwis were from New Zealand!
If you look at the longest living cultures on Earth and you try to figure out what their secret to longevity is you will find that not all of them eat the exact same diets (although they do tend to eat a lot of plants) but what they do all have in common is that they eat the foods that grow in their local area.
If you don't grow your own food, the next best thing would be to buy your food from a local "Farmer's Market", which is a place where local farmers come together and sell their fruits and vegetables directly to the public. (There are no bar codes on the produce sold at "Farmer's Markets" because you are buying everything directly from the people who grew it and there is no need for all the "middle men".)
The produce at a "Farmer's Market" will usually have been picked within a few days and will usually have traveled less than 100 miles. Shopping this way supports local farming, is better for the environment, and can save you money. (Plus you can actually meet the farmers, ask them how they grow their produce, and "shake the hand that feeds you".)
To find out if there is a "Farmer's Market" in your area click To learn the various seasons for fruits and vegetables click HERE
For those of you who are living in a cold climate you will unfortunately have no choice but to eat produce that isn't locally grown during the winter time when it is too cold for fruits and vegetables to grow in your area, but mark my words when I say that if you follow the diet and lifestyle that I recommend long term you will eventually develop an almost uncontrollable urge to re-locate to a warmer climate.