nutriFoodie's Culinary Dietitian, Cristel, was graciously invited to lead a talk on healthy eating on a budget, which we had a blast with! A little about the audience and the inspiration behind this workshop:
Below is a summary by Cristel of what was discussed during the workshop, and some elaboration on questions the audiences wanted more information on.
- We discussed several little nutrition truths, to beat the big myths! If you were to eat based on headlines out there, you'd end up being terrified of everything and eating nothing
- Eating foods that are as close to their origin as possible - the simpler, the better
- When it comes to eating organic, if you can afford that, good on you! If you have financial limitations, but have some wiggle room, check out the list below
- Using beans and legumes for a cheap and delicious protein source; we got a question regarding reducing flatulence, so some tips on reducing that are discussed here [link]
- Last but not least, we had a demo showcasing how versatile beans can be, and absorb any flavours you'd like to introduce to it. We highlighted the concept of using leftovers in multiple ways.
Is buying organic really important?
Organic foods are produced without the use of pesticides, fertilizers, genetically modified organisms, antibiotics and growth hormones. The farming practice alters the use of different produce so that the soil can benefit from the nitrogen balance. Some studies show that this allows the produce to be more nutrient dense as a result.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit organization that strives to protect the environment, and they release a list of foods that are found to be the highest in pesticides (DIRTY DOZEN) and a list that's found to have the lowest (CLEAN FIFTEEN). Below is an image to show what these foods lists are.
In my mind, I imagine the foods that have thinner outer shell are more easily penetrated with chemicals - such as leaves, there's nowhere to go once it gets sprayed!
If you are currently not buying organic foods, but would like to, aim to buy one item off the Dirty Dozen list in its organic form. Either stick to it, alternate or add to it at your comfort.
In the end of the day, eating vegetables and fruits is more important than how it's grown, ESPECIALLY if you are financially struggling. Prioritize your nutrition goals; eating real food first, and then thinking of luxury second.
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