What Does Organic Mean?
Organic food is food that is free from all genetically modified organisms. It is produced without the use of any artificial pesticides and fertilizers. If animal based, then it is derived from an animal that is raised without the use of any antibiotics, growth stimulants or other chemicals or drugs. Once only available in small stores or farmers’ markets, organic foods are becoming much more widely available.
Organic foods have been shown to improve your immune system, help you sleep better, shed the excess weight more easily, and improve your blood work just to name a few. My personal opinion on these findings is that it is possibly not that organic foods are so good for you. But more the contrast with the harmful toxins in non-organic foods and the downward spiraling effects these have on our bodies.
Organic food can boast intense, realistic flavors, and a higher vitamin and mineral content.
And though logically it makes sense to consume a diet based on organic foods, some people worry about the cost of going organic. However, with a little forethought, planning and preparation, going organic is actually quite affordable for most people. Also, the peace of mind in knowing that you and your family are consuming foods that are not laden with pesticides or are genetically altered is certainly worth any extra money it costs.
What Does Organic Mean For Health?
The pesticides used by conventional farmers can have many negative influences on your health, including neurotoxicity, disruption of your endocrine system, carcinogenicity and immune system suppression. Pesticide exposure may also affect male reproductive function and has been linked to miscarriages in women.
Conventional produce tends to have fewer nutrients than organic produce. On average, conventionally grown produce has only 83 percent of the nutrients of organic produce. Studies have found significantly higher levels of nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and significantly less nitrates (a toxin) in organic crops.
So, if you want to live as healthy as possible, it’s a smart idea to buy and eat organic produce and free-range organic foods as much as possible for maximum health benefits. In addition, the knowledge that you’re supporting the organic foods industry should help you feel even better. This industry is dedicated to protecting our environment by not using harmful pesticides and chemicals which can result in the loss of topsoil, toxic runoff and resulting water pollution and soil contamination. Along with the poisoning and the death of insects, birds, critters and beneficial soil organisms.