We saw a list of “12 Foods to Beat Cancer” in an AARP magazine recently and noticed that our Farm Share boxes will have, at one point or other, 7 of the 12 items! They are apples, garlic/onions, cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower), dark leafy greens (kale, arugula, spinach, collards, mizuna), tomatoes, whole grains, and beans. The remaining items are milk, nuts, tea/coffee, turmeric, and red grapes. Nash’s Farm Store has all 12, in season.
What the article did not mention is the difference between eating these foods organically or conventionally. We may feel good about eating a super food to prevent cancer, but if they are conventional, we’re also ingesting pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, some of which are carcinogens!
Some produce has very thin skins, like tomatoes or grapes. They are also very juicy, and they absorb a lot of water through their roots to make that juice. It is important to eat these types of produce organically, because they are very vulnerable to pest or fungus damage and are sprayed repeatedly on conventional farms. The chemicals are easily absorbed into the thin skins and you cannot wash them off. Check EWG’s Food News for a full list of foods you should always consume organically.
Your Farm Share boxes are entirely organic, so you can consider them full of SUPER super foods!