Earlier this week, I wrote about my husband’s healthy pancakes, I am continuing with the health craziness theme of our household. Disclaimer: Reading these posts may lead you to do more research and also to become as we are- health conscious people.
Living in Japan was kind of a break from being concerned about the foods we were eating. The first time we went grocery shopping, my husband kept automatically picking up the packaged food to look for ingredients, only to find time and time again that they were in Japanese. How could we worry about the food we were eating when we didn’t know what it was?
One time over dinner, my husband asked, “This fish is good. What kind is it?”
I replied, “I don’t know.”
“I like these vegetables and noodles. What are they?”
“I don’t know.”
Grocery shopping was always a bit of an adventure as I’d try to smell different vegetables to figure out what they would taste like. As you can imagine, I couldn’t even start to figure out the ingredients that were in the noodles or other sauces I bought. In a way, it was nice. My shopping went quickly as I bought things based on recognition. Coming back to Canada, things changed. Now, I could read the ingredients and know just how unhealthy some things were.
A few months back, as we were looking for a movie to watch, we came across the documentary GMO OMG. Seeing as we had already jumped on the organic is better band wagon, this documentary detailing the dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) convinced us pretty easily to join their side. Some of the topics covered included: why countries have banned GMOs, how they’re in pretty much everything we eat (in the USA and Canada), how we can’t ever really get away from them, how the research is still out about whether GMOs are safe or if they cause all kinds of horrible health problems, how they wreak havoc on our ecosystem, and how Monsanto (the company who makes all of these GMOs) is pretty much evil, etc..
The results of watching this documentary were both good and bad. It was good to become more educated and to be able to do more research to make the best health decisions for our family. It was bad because it takes me even longer to do the grocery shopping now as I stand in the aisle reading over all the ingredients, debating over to buy the organic or not especially when organic is 2-3 times more expensive, and checking to see where the product is grown/produced since the US and Canada have no regulations about GMO labelling and produce many GMOs. Sometimes, when shopping, I just go with the cheaper option whether organic or not. However, after watching the documentary, I have decided to buy products that contain wheat, corn, or soy organic since the majority of these grains are genetically modified. The issue of course is price, organic flour is at least 4 times more expensive than the GMO kind.
I sometimes miss the farmer’s market that I went to in Japan. Everything was so cheap and I’m pretty sure lots of it was organic- there were a heck of a lot of bugs in the produce if they weren’t.
Then, I heard that it’s really meat and animal products that you need to buy organic since they eat GMOs and have a long lifespan. So, they have years of toxins/chemicals built up that we eat, whereas plants have a short life span so there’s only so many chemicals that they absorb in their short life times and if you wash your vegetables well, you can get most of the pesticides off.
So as of right now, I am buying all organic animal products including milk, cheese, eggs, and meat. I am buying organic wheat flour and other products organic that are likely to be genetically modified. For everything else, I’m watching the price and making a decision based on that.