Posted by Rebecca Sandvig on 16th Feb 2017
Walk through any grocery store, and you’ll see the shelves lined with more and more organic options. As consumers become increasingly aware of the benefits of choosing organic, retailers are taking notice and listening to their customers. Although organic products tend to cost more, the health, nutritional and environmental benefits certainly outweigh the slightly higher cost. Below are a few of the many reasons why you should Go Organic!
1. Avoid Chemicals In Your Diet
Produce and meats that are non-organic may contain a variety of chemicals including pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers from synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, ionizing radiation, growth hormones, and antibiotics. Majority of these chemicals that are applied to food have not been tested for long-term health effects. Did you know that the FDA tests only 1% of foods for pesticide residue?
There are over 600 active chemicals registered for agricultural use in the U.S, and over 1 billion pounds of pesticides used in the U.S every year (and that's not including chemicals from meats). With these numbers, imagine how many chemicals you consume in one year! The easiest way to cleanse your body of these toxic chemicals is by substituting as much of your diet as you can with organic foods. Take a look at the Environmental Working Groups list of Dirty Dozen to learn which produce contains the highest pesticide residue, and which has the least on their Clean Fifteen list.
2. Organic Means Non-GMO
You may have seen food labels stating “Non-GMO”, but do you know what that means? GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. This newer science creates genes that are artificially manipulated to create products that do not occur in nature. Buying organic is the best way to ensure you avoid GMOs.
Here is a list of the most common GMO ingredients found in food:
3. Better Taste And Nutrition
Food is medicine! When you eat food you want all of the nutrition you can get to fuel your body. Organic foods grow from nourished and well balanced soil, producing strong plants.Studies show that the nutrient value is higher in organic products in comparison to conventional products. This is why organically grown foods generally taste better!
4. Protect The Environment
The process in which organic food is produced supports ecosystems by considering the long-term impact of growing food, and farming in harmony with nature. Organic farms use organic fertilizers like compost and animal manure to reduce the risk of water pollution. This is a huge benefit since pollution from agriculture in the United States is the largest factor affecting the water quality of rivers and lakes.
Change up your diet for yourself and the environment, Go Organic! What are your favorite organic foods?
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