Eating organic has become quite the hot topic these days. People are starting to insist on it despite costing more than conventionally produced foods. So why go organic? Let’s talk about some of the benefits.
Organic foods tend to contain higher levels of vitamins and essential minerals as well as cancer-fighting antioxidants, as well as vastly lower levers of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. This is because of the way organic farms are run as a result of the strict rules they must follow in order to maintain their organic status.
Organic foods don’t contain food additives which can cause health problems such as heart disease, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity. Additives to be on the lookout for on labels are hydrogenated fat, aspartame (artificial sweetener) and monosodium glutamate.
No Harmful Pesticides
Amazingly, over 300 chemical pesticides are regularly used in conventional farming and residues are more than often found in non-organic food. Watch dog organisations around the world have found high levels of pesticide residues in baby food, spinach, dried fruit, bread, apples, celery, and chips and more.
It is a prerequisite that farmers do not produce Genetically Modified (GM) crops, and other harmful ingredients are not allowed under general organic standards.
There is rising concern about the use of antibiotics on farm animals and the possible effects on human health. Most organisations have high standards that prohibit the routine use of antibiotics.
No Hidden Costs
Organic produce is often more expensive than its conventional farming equivalent, due to it mostly being done on a smaller scale. However, something to consider when eating processed or non-organic foods is that you are more likely to fall ill and spend a lot of money on health-care trying to counteract these symptoms, whereas a healthier diet is more likely to keep you healthier and reduce your medical bills.
Organic food should only come from trusted sources and organic farms and food companies are subject to inspections annually to maintain these standards.
Keep the pesticides off your plate. Healthy plants and animals make for better tasting products. Many people prefer organic food because they say it tastes better. Go on – try it for yourself.