Smart Foods - Organic Diet Buddy App

Smart Foods - Organic Diet Buddy

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Category: Health & Fitness | Food & Drink

Operating Systems: Available for iOS, Android and Nook.

Smart Foods - Organic Diet Buddy is your essential color coded guide to fruit and vegetables, know which you should buy organic and which are safe to buy non organic. It also includes:

  • Farmers' Market information for all 50 States so you can include local produce in your diet
  • Pesticide profiles of fruits and vegetables
  • Nutritional info - know what vitamins each fruit and vegetable have, and what diseases they are good at protecting you against
  • Daily Fruit and Vegetable requirement calculator for optimum health
  • GMO information - Know what fruits and vegetables are commonly GMO.

How to use this app

Organic food is the safer choice when it comes to buying produce, as conventional varieties often contain high levels of pesticide residues. However, not everyone can afford to go 100% organic every time they shop. This app is a guide to which fruits and vegetables you should buy organic. There are some fruits/veggies that you should always buy organic, if possible, because their conventionally grown counterparts tend to be laden with pesticides.

By avoiding the foods most contaminated with pesticide residues, consumers can reduce their pesticide exposure by 80% without affecting their budgets.

Our color-coded guide indicates whether a food should be bought organic:

Safe to Buy Non-Organic (Conventional) - If the item is labeled green, it contains little to no pesticide residue, making it safe to buy non-organic.

Consider Buying Organic - If the item is labeled yellow it is exposed to some pesticides, but they did not leave a high residue. We suggest buying organic when possible.

Buy Organic - If the item is labeled red the non-organic version tested high with pesticide residues. As a result, it is best to buy organic.

GMO Warning - If the item says "GMO" the non-organic version is high risk of being a Genetically Modified Organism, which may have adverse effects on health. Buying organic is guaranteed to be Non-GMO in the US.

Go to each fruit or veggie to view its rating and to read about its nutritional content. You can add fruits, veggies and markets to your favorites list by clicking the "+ heart" icon in the upper right corner. This makes for a quick reference to your favorites and can also serve as a shopping list!

Find local Farmers' Markets

Shopping at your local Farmers' Market is good for you and it's good for your town. Where else can you talk right to the producers and know exactly where your food comes from, and how it's grown? We also worked hard in adding times and web addresses available on most market listings.

Find Farmers' Markets by selecting the State, then use the search bar to type in the city name. With over 8,000 markets nationwide the search bar makes this much easier.

You can also find the markets nearest you by selecting the "pin" icon on the top right corner. Make sure you have location services on so that the app knows where to search.

Need more reasons to shop local? Check out this great article, 5 Reasons to Shop at Farmers Markets

What are pesticides?

Pesticides are used to repel, control or kill organisms in order to reduce their negative impact on agricultural products. Modern pesticides target weeds, insects, bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and other pests that reduce agricultural yield.

The problem is that excessive pesticide contamination can be harmful to human health. Even after washing, some fruits and vegetables consistently carry much higher levels of pesticide residue than others.

What makes organic fruits and vegetables different is the way they are grown. For example, only fertilizers like compost or manure can be used: chemical fertilizers are not allowed, nor are most synthetic herbicides, pesticides and fungicides. The environmental impacts of organic farming are vastly superior to those of conventional farming, with its reliance on synthetic pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers and other practices. Since how you shop is at least as important as how you vote, keep in mind how your produce shopping affects the environment.

Some fruits and veggies are better to buy organic, and others are safe to buy non-organic. Some fruits and vegetables require very few pesticides for growth. Some, due to tough skins or peels, absorb fewer residues.

Many fruits and vegetables, however, are sprayed with multiple pesticides, and act like sponges, absorbing residues that are difficult to wash off entirely. Peaches have very thin skin, and are hard to wash, so it is recommended that you buy organic if you can.

In general, if you eat the skin (peaches, apples, celery, berries), buy organic. But if you peel or discard the rind (pineapples, onions, avocados, corn), you might be OK with regular produce.

Curious about GMO's and the adverse effects they may have on us and our environment? Visit our blog.

Why Use this App?

Bettering your health doesn't always have to involve big, life-altering changes. Making small lifestyle changes opens the door to bettering your health in many other ways. Saagara is enabling people to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives through the use of software available on mobile platforms. Our mobile apps allow you to make lifestyle changes that are easily implemented in your daily life and let you see the possibilities for change in other areas.

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