Let’s start off with what is organic food? Organic food is food products that are produced, prepared and processed without the use of any chemicals. It means organic food production doesn’t allow the use of chemical pesticides, chemical fertilizers or chemical preservatives.
The topic of health is becoming more discussed within society and more of us want to lead healthier lives. I remember back in the day when quinoa was not a think and if someone told you to swap pasta with sliced zucchini they would probably swap you as a friend. However, times are changing.
Incorporating more organic food into your diet delivers multiple health benefits however it does have one downfall, it can be rather expensive. Before we go into that let’s explore the health benefits related to organic food and weigh up if the costs associated is really worth it.
Better Overall Health
Due to the fact that organic food is not produced or processed by the use of chemical pesticides or chemical fertilizers, it doesn’t contain any elements of toxic chemicals. Organic food is produced through natural techniques, which is healthier for our bodies and delivers more nutrition.
Because organic foods don’t contain preservatives to make it last longer, the produce is fresher and better for our bodies.
Organically Raised Animals Aren’t Given Antibiotics, Hormones or Fed Animal By-products
Organically raised animals are given more space to move around and have more access to the outdoors, which results in them being healthier. Organically raised animals also aren’t fed any antibiotics, which reduces the antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria developing. Feeding livestock animal by-products also increases the risk of mad cow disease so this one simple step produces numerous benefits.
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) are plants that’s DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature, most commonly in order to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide. This doesn’t occur in organic food.
The foreign chemicals on normal produce reacts with the vitamins, organic compounds and minerals within it, which results in lowering the essential positive impacts of antioxidants. As organic foods don’t contain these foreign chemicals, it allows the produce to keep higher level of antioxidants, which will then be delivered into our bodies.
It is no secret that organic food is healthier for our bodies for one main reason; it isn’t sprayed with all of the harsh chemicals and pesticides that other produce is. Organic food is more expensive but we need to look at the bigger picture; if we get unwell and develop health issues due to the foods we are eating we will not only pay in medical expenses but in our quality of life. Maybe making some organic swaps in our grocery list isn’t such a bad idea?