An increasing number of you males out there are doing more of the grocery shopping and the preparing of food for our families. This is the case in my family with our wives being busy with work or just working out. We need to catch up to the females in terms of our knowledge in shopping for food. Scientists advise that if you were to buy locally produced foodstuff – especially from within 12 miles of your home – you would do more for the environment than if you simply bought organic foods from farther afield. So, if you follow the philosophy of shopping locally and eating organically if possible, you’re well on your way to adopting a sustainable diet. You can find co-ops throughout the country through www.coopdirectory.org. Check with the store and see how local “local” is. How about those meat products? “Natural” is meat that may not have any artificial colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, or other artificial ingredients. “Grass fed” is considered greener (and kinder) if cows are fed primarily on grass or hay rather than grain, because they can digest grass and hay more easily. “Free-range” means that chickens, for example, weren’t confined to cages and in the purest sense are allowed to wander in a fairly wide space outside the cages. When going down the produce aisle, check out the little label that’s stuck on the fruit: You should see either a four- or five- digit code on the label. A four-digit code means that the produce was produced conventionally (it’s not organic). A five-digit code starting with 9 indicates that it’s organically grown, and a five-digit code that starts with 8 indicates that it’s genetically engineered. You need to pay attention when grocery shopping and this is only the tip of the iceberg!
Robert G. Hodous,DDS,Dentists Fayetteville