There’s a lot of so called “healthy food” found in the market aisles and you can’t seem to know what food to choose. You spend more time reading on labels and comparing from one food to another about their nutritional values, and other synthetic ingredients. Choosing the right food to eat is somewhat tedious especially for people who can’t tolerate eating just any kind of food and have special diet.
The topic that we are going to tackle here is about organic food. You have seen produce, dairy products, meat, poultries, eggs, to name a few sold in stores and online market. What is an organic food? Is it good for our health or not? What benefits do we get if we eat and drink organic products?
Organic food is produced without using fertilizers, toxic and pesticides, synthetic growth hormones, antibiotics, using synthetic food additives and not processed using ionizing radiation.
Organic foods according to some research may have more nutritional values compared to conventional food because organic foods are grown without the use of pesticides and fertilizers.
Believers of organic food say that this type of food tastes better than the non-organic food, more nutritious and safer because of the lack of chemicals sprayed to it thus, making it environmentally friendly.
So, is organic good for you? Let’s dig deeper into some of the research done about organic food.
To Meet Organic Standards
All organic foods are farmed and processed according to strict national standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Organic crops must be produced with using harmful pesticides, sewage mud synthetic fertilizers, bioengineering, and ionizing radiation. Organic farm animals must be allowed to wander in pastureland for chewing or nibbling grasses and be given organic feed that are free of antibiotics and growth hormones.
Is Organic Food Safe?
It is really not safe to eat food glazed with pesticides and other chemicals because the chances of getting the pesticide residues is evidently certain. But if you eat organic food, the chances are slim because of how the crops and animals are grown.
But there are other things to consider as well. While studies show that organic food is safe, it does also produce some toxins than the conventional crops. “Plants can’t get up and walk away. If they’re being attacked, they’ve got to sit there and take it. So they may resort to their own chemical warfare,” explains Carl Winter, director of the FoodSafe program and an extension food toxicologist at the University of California, Davis.
“The best thing you can do for yourself is to eat lots of fruits and vegetables and grains. And eat variety. From my perspective, it doesn’t matter whether they are organic or conventional,” Winter says. I highly recommend that you select to eat organic food as much as possible.