Yes! We Got No Bananas!By Carol Alt / Post / February 8, 2017
The other day on Twitter, someone asked me what I thought about bananas. Answering that question is bigger than a tweet- and this blog is bigger than just bananas. His response was interesting.
“Even if bananas are very good for you and have all kinds of potassium, they also have all kinds of toxins and pesticides.”
Well, because bananas are not the only foods that have chemical or genetic issues i’m going to tackle the bigger question: how do we stay healthy in a world that is full of toxins and pesticides? The one thing I was told by Dr. Timothy Brantley when I first went raw was that even if I’m a raw foodie, I have to live. He didn’t mean “live” in the metaphorical sense, he meant I have to live my life. So if I’m out and for some reason, at a restaurant, and I can’t get organic raw food, it’s OK to eat a little organic cooked food.
Notice the word organic is in both options! That’s kind of my philosophy for everything in this world. You have to just do the best you can do. You can’t go nuts if you don’t get your first option. I always try at least for organic, even with the knowledge that many organic companies lie about their products being organic. Monsanto,in all its evil genius, is cross pollinating with conventional crops so it’s hard to find the “big 8″ that haven’t been genetically modified. The big 8 are corn, alfalfa, papaya, canola, sugar beets, milk, yellow crook neck squash and zucchini.
Many processed foods you eat have derivatives of these products such as high fructose corn syrup from corn, and canola oil, even if they’re all vegetable! So what is one to do? How do we stay healthy in this world that’s constantly spraying Roundup on our food crops?
My answer is the same answer Dr. Brantley gave me. You have to do the best you can do but you still have to live your life.
So I look for all the organic products. I try to get laws passed to label genetically modified foods. I lobby my congressmen to make sure that organic farms are actually really organic– sometimes they lie because organic foods sells for more, but they’re harder to grow. This sickens me. They get the more money for organic crops as well, but they’re not really organic because they are hard to grow.
I eat as much raw as possible so I don’t buy processed foods. I eat a lot of raw so my body is able to handle the other bad things that sneak in there. So if you want to eat that banana- go right ahead. Just make sure it’s organic and that you trust the company that is selling it to you. And by the way, eat as much raw around that banana as possible. So that when bad things DO sneak into your diet, your body has the arsenal it needs to fight it off!
Request your library to bring in my books to help you learn to eat healthier! Find raw recipes, understand why raw foods are more nutritious for you and to learn other protocols not mentioned in my blogs.
Eating in the Raw
Easy, Sexy Raw
A Healthy You
Edited by Jake Layton