January is the time for resolutions. A new year means a fresh start. Many resolve to eat healthier and to increase wellness. Doylestown Food Market is here to support you in these goals, so you can not only stick to them this month, but maintain them throughout the year.
Resolutions are often quickly abandoned due to them being too broad or vague. Define what eating healthier means to you and narrow the scope of your resolution. Do you want to cut out sugar? Follow a vegan diet? Eat 100% organic? We can help you shop smarter and stock your kitchen with local and nutritious products.
If your goal is to eat organic and you need some extra incentive to stick to this, check out this study that found that an organic diet may help in reducing the risk of some cancers.
Study Finds that Organic Diet May Help in Reducing Risk of Some Cancers
by Eileen Seiler
A recent study published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) Internal Medicine yielded some optimistic findings that link an organic diet to a lower risk of some cancers. The study was conducted by the Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale in France and monitored the diets of more than 68,000 subjects over a period of four and a half years. The results, as reported in a CNN.com article, were: “Those [in the study group] who ate the most organic food were 25% less likely to develop cancer. Specifically, they were 73% less likely to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma and 21% less likely to develop post-menopausal breast cancer.”
The study was, by no means, definitive due to the many known and unknown variables that could impact a person’s risk for cancer. But, some of the results, especially with regard to reducing the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, were similar to findings from previous done studies by the University of Oxford, England and the College of Family Physicians of Canada that focused on the use of chemicals used in growing food.
The fact is, some pesticides and synthetic fertilizers used in conventional agriculture have been classified as carcinogens or linked to a multitude of health issues, the scope of which is not yet known. Organic foods, by definition and regulation, have little or none of these elements. Recommendations as far back as the 2008/2009 President’s Cancer Panel Annual Report, entitled Reducing Our Environmental Cancer Risk: What We Can Do Now, suggests: …individuals should choose “food grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers.” This may be reason enough to include as much organic in your diet as your budget and lifestyle will allow.
While much work still needs to be done to assess the impact that eating organic food has on lowering the risk of cancer, studies seem to indicate that organics are, at the very least, a beneficial weapon in our arsenal, along with eating more fruits and vegetables (organic or conventional), exercising and reducing stress. So, the question, maybe, is not “Why should we eat organic?” but “Why not?”