Use of Pesticides
The EPA even admits that the rampant use of pesticides in the most conventional of farms can be problematic and can cause major health risks. Regardless of this warning, the Environmental Protection Agency still tweaks its acceptable limitations and sometimes still puts people in harm’s way.
Fluoride is found in our water supply and is considered a neurotoxin. It is also problematic and can cause cancer, infertility, hardening of the arteries, and even lower IQs. MSG is another rand most foods on the shelves in a store have some sort of seasoning in it. They are found under many different names and can reduce calories in a food or make them diet and oftentimes, if something is diet and is sweetened, then aspartame is used which can cause numerous health issues.
Numerous Chemicals in Foods
There are several ingredients in foods that point to how unhealthy they can be. Many of these include additives, preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, and others. This wipes out the nutritional value and are generally highly processed. Some of these are extremely difficult for the body to break down into a nutritional source of energy.
So What Do You Eat on a Low Budget?
Grains are great, especially if they’re organic. However, if that’s not feasible, try some with few or zero additives. Some of these include brown rice, wheat flour, couscous, barley, quinoa, and pasta (that hasn’t been over-processed).
Meats are also an option and if you can’t afford the grass-fed organic variations, look for those which are free of antibiotics and hormones. Pork cannot be treated with growth hormones according to the USDA so this makes it a better choice. Labels on meats can be confusing. Hormone free is meaningful unless it is labeled on pork or poultry because the USDA doesn’t allow hormones in those. However, that doesn’t mean they’re free of antibiotics. Look for anti-biotic free meats because it is common that factory-farmed animals have had illnesses because they are in tighter quarters. Grass-fed labels mean that cows have been allowed outside and not fed corn or grain. It doesn’t mean that the grass they are eating hasn’t been treated chemically though. Also, range free doesn’t really amount to anything. Try to go for hormone and antibiotic free choices and even try organic dairy products, beans, and locally gathered eggs for protein sources.
Veggies and fruits need to be listed as pesticide free. Any fruit or vegetable that is to be peeled is better than thin-skinned products. Always wash the produce and peel it. Always consider apples, avocadoes, asparagus, cantaloupe, cabbage, mushrooms, mangoes, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, sweet peas, onions, oranges, sweet potatoes, rutabagas, pineapple, and turnips.
Note that most dairy products in the store contain hormones. Dairy cattle have been given them to increase milk production. This can trigger hormone issues in developing issues. Research the brands. Note that Safeway’s Lucerne brand is hormone free, guaranteed. Also, look for rBST-free dairy products if you can’t go organic. You can also always learn how to make some of your own dairy products.
Water within a city usually has chemicals such as chlorine, ammonia, and fluoride. Try to buy large jugs of water so it is inexpensive and also causes less waste in the trash. The other stuff is not safe to drink.
Don’t forget that when you’re tight on a budget, try purchasing some items in bulk if possible. When you do, you can also start to gradually stockpile the pantry and then eventually you can start choosing higher quality options. A farmer’s market is generally reasonably priced and whole foods kitchens are budget friendly.
Don’t forget to always wash your produce and even soak it in baking soda to thoroughly clense it. Also don’t forget to wash rice and beans. Don’t hesitate to grow your own little garden, regardless of the space you have. You can even grow some on windowsill. Seeds are much cheaper in the long run. Also, visit places where you can get grocery items at lower prices. Cereal, crackers, and canned goods are just examples of items you can get at outlet stores. Check out freebie options. There’s all types of nuts, berries, leaves, and dandelions that can be consumed. Try to have a smaller meal each day that’s simpler. Even if you are not sound financially, you can still do it rather than just buying a package of Ramen noodles.
Think about your options. Consider your budget. Use the resources you have available. Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you have to eat all toxic foods.