Are organic foods better for you?

Still wondering if you should jump onto the natural and organic foods wagon 나홀로 휴가 다운로드? Well, it might not be all that it’s cracked up to be! There is a fair amount of confusion and misinformation when it comes to what we think are organic foods – let’s clear it up a little.

Organic vs. natural

Food labels can sometimes be the biggest pest when trying to buy quality produce. The main problem is confusion with the terms used – you might think they all mean the same, but they mean very different things. It’s all in how the food is grown, cared for and transported.

1. Labelled “organic” means:

  • it was grown (plants and livestock) without the help of pesticides, antibiotics and other chemicals.
  • foods have to be approved before being labelled as “organic.” This approval process is very strict.

2. Labelled “Natural” means:

  • Although it needs to be truthful, products labelled as natural don’t go under the same quality testing as organic foods – surprisingly, the term “natural” is the one you should probably avoid.
  • Unlike organic, it doesn’t go through strict testing, so it might contain some chemicals, such as pesticides. Also, natural could mean that it’s made from natural products.

Is it more nutritious?

You may have heard a lot of stuff about organic foods being healthier and more nutritious, but lab test results prove otherwise. Scientists and researchers, through the use of lot of research, still don’t have a definite answer. So far the difference in nutritional value is marginal (so small that it wouldn’t change anything), so you’re not likely going to get a lot more nutrients out of organic foods.

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When does it matter?

While the nutrient content might not be a big drawing card, there are other benefits. The main reason why people change to organic is that it contains no pesticides or any dangerous chemicals. It doesn’t even contain the waxy substance that gives produce that nice shine. Why is this a big deal? People can have allergic reactions to pesticides, and they are just not good for anyone. Some believe these chemicals are linked to autism. There’s also evidence to suggest that the hormones and antibiotics fed to livestock may increase your risk of developing cancer – specifically breast cancer in women.

So why should I change?

Now we get to the part where you decide if you want to start eating organic foods. Because they’re bit more expensive, for something with the same nutritive value as standard foods, you need to be sure. Here are some positives:

  • It’s more eco-friendly
  • If bought at local farmer’s market, it helps boost the local economy
  • No pesticides
  • No GMO

In the end, it comes down to informed personal preference. There is one other alternative, but it is a long-term solution: grow your own! It’s not difficult to grow veggies, a little research and perhaps a gardening class or two and you should have enough knowledge to start a vegetable patch. And you’ll receive more than just veggies – a member of our team has his own vegetable patch and said that it’s very gratifying when you see the fruits (or vegetables!) of your labour.

Source: Helpguide.org, mayoclinic, breast cancer fund