Although I feel like technology is being used WAY too much and is causing people to be attached to their electronics 24/7, 365 a year… I am grateful for a few certain apps that help me make better choices. If you have a smart phone, be sure to download these apps. They are very helpful! You can type in exactly what I have typed as the title in your app store to find these.
- Dirty Dozen– I mentioned this app an earlier post and I believe it is one of the most helpful tools you can have! You can look up which fruits and veggies are most heavily sprayed with pesticides to the cleanest! This can help you save $$ which is ALWAYS a plus. Although there is a list compiled of 52 items, you may not see the item you’re searching for. If that’s the case, I would opt in buying organic. Simply because you don’t know and why take the risk? Also, they have a great F.A.Q.s page that you can learn something from.
- ShopNoGMO– This is a wonderful app because it can help you eliminate your intake of potential, harmful GMO’s. What are GMO’s you ask? GMO’s are Genetically Modified Organisms. The definition of a GMO reads: An organism whose genetic characteristics have been altered by the insertion of a modified gene or a gene from another organism using the techniques of genetic engineering. So pretty much when eating a food that contains a GMO, we are eating something not created in nature. The worst part is, manufacturers are not required to label GMO’s! There is seriously something wrong with this picture. Use this app to help you stay away from health robbing GMO’s. For 8 reasons why GMO’s are bad for you click here
- nonGMO– There is a non-profit organization out there called the Non-GMO project. They’re goal is to provide consumers with a list of products that are non-GMO verified. They do this by using a third party verification program that has a uniform, consensus-based definition of a non-GMO. It’s great news because you know it’s not a government funded program that is twisting the facts and has multiple gray areas. We have the right to know what we are consuming! In this app you can browse through different products by category or brand and find retailers that carry non-GMO verified products. It’s always nice to know if you food has a GMO in it or not. By the way, Kashi products have GMO’s in it.
- EatLocal– With this app you can put in the month and state you live in to find what foods are growing local and in season. It’s beneficial because when you buy in season it’s cheaper, more nutritious, you’re supporting local farmers AND they taste better. When you buy out of season vegetables/fruits most likely are being transported from out of the country, they are being picked before they are ripe to insure they don’t spoil before they get to America and grown in an energy-intensive climate controlled environment. There’s actually been research done that shows fruits and vegetables ate in season contain a higher nutrient content. When you buy in season, you may buy something you have never tried, therefore stepping out of the box and trying something new. Your new favorite fruit or vegetable may be hiding right around the corner and you didn’t even know!
I hope these apps help you as much as they have helped me! Leave a comment if you’ve used this app to help you. Hearing about experiences are great. Good luck!
Until next time,
Loriel – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul
Reference:  http://turtlewoman.hubpages.com/hub/A-Beginners-Guide-To-Purchasing-Fruits-and-Vegetables-in-Season