Once only found in health stores, organic food is now a regular feature at the supermarket. Many people swear only to organic, while others only see the higher price and stick to the processed food. Why should you choose organic? What is really the difference?
The word organic refers to the way a farmer grows and processes products, such as vegetables, fruits, dairy, grains and meat. Organic farming produces foods without the use of dangerous chemicals. In other words; organic food is produced using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods.
What we actually eat!
Over the last century, our diet and farming practices have changed! Today, we don’t just want our food to taste great, it has to look good and have a long shelf life. As a result, producers spray our food with chemicals. Most food you find at our local store contain harmful substances, such as pesticides, unhealthy additives or contaminants.
The problem is that most people don’t know much about this. Would you eat your favorite breakfast cereal if you knew it contained Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), a product also used in jet fuel? Or drink your favorite tea if you knew it contained dangerous pesticides that can cause illness.
While some read the ingredient list very carefully, there are others that couldn’t care less. The easiest way to stay healthy would be to stick to foods that don’t need food labels, but that’s not an option for everyone. So another options is to try to buy more organic. So, what are the benefits of organic food? Let’s have a look!
Research shows that organic foods tends to contain higher levels of many key nutrients. And we all want that, don’t we? To reach your ultimate health potential.
No crap added
Let’s simply say: organic food is crap free. Remember that the food you eat fuels your body, and we shouldn’t fuel it with toxins. Try to avoid as much processed food as you can.
Care for the environment
Organic farming causes lower pollution, less dangerous waste and produces less carbon dioxide.
Better conditions for the animals
Organic farmer raise animals without the use of synthetic growth hormones or antibiotics. They also provide their animals with cage-free living conditions and outdoor space. This is of course not always the case, but mainly!
Some argue that organic food also contain chemicals, and in truth, some may be grown with chemical input. But the good news is that these chemicals are not the same as the ones used in conventional produce. We also need to remember that the standards vary worldwide, and that organic farming in general features practices that foster cycling of resources and promote ecological balance. There are always two sides to every story and you should find out for yourself what works for you, but we recommend you to think twice about what you put in your grocery bag!
By: Henriette Danielsen