Is eating organic food good for you? Is it worth the expense?
Food is medicine for our body. But when your food is laced with toxic chemicals, you cannot achieve optimal health. Adopting organic food diet is the best option as far as long-term impact on health is concerned.
The term ‘organic food’ means it has been grown without using synthetic pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, or herbicides. Organic food is produced using only natural substances (such as manure or compost), avoiding harmful chemicals, antibiotics, flavoring agents, GMOs, etc. So, is it the only reason why you should switch to organic foods? NO, there are plenty of reasons why you should choose organic food over non-organic ones.
1. They are more nutritious
Several studies have shown that organic foods contain more antibodies, certain micronutrients like Vitamin C, zinc and iron.
One study by researcher Asami DK and colleagues (published in NCBI pubmed) found that organically grown berries contain 52% more antioxidants.
Another study found that organic cacao contains higher amounts of flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamin Bs, magnesium, zinc, iron, and calcium.
Evidence suggests that consuming organic foods help you avoid taking chemical residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are usually found in synthetically grown foods.
2. They help to avoid chemical contamination
Organic eating is a great way to avoid chemical contamination and a number of diseases that result from synthetic fertilizers used in the production of conventional foods.
The great example is DDT. It was once considered the “safe” pesticide but later it was found to be highly carcinogenic! 12 fruits and vegetables that are most heavily treated with pesticides and chemicals are apples, potatoes, peaches, spinach, strawberries, bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, grapes, kale, zucchini, and collards. Several types of cancers are associated with eating these types of foods that are contaminated with DDT, pesticides, and toxic chemicals. That’s why make sure you buy 100% organic certified foods to avoid chemical contamination.
3. They taste better
Some consumers believe that organic food tastes better. Notably, when a food is grown in a fertilizer-free soil, its taste is enhanced. And, studies prove that!
A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition (BJN), which analyzed 343 peer-reviewed publications, found that higher antioxidant content in organic food enhances its aroma, taste, and mouthfeel. The same study also found that organic crops have 50% less content of cadmium (a toxic contaminant) than conventional foods. Antioxidants accentuates the flavors in food while cadmium changes food flavor.
4. They are good for the environment
Organic farming is a sustainable farming system. It helps to reduce water and soil pollution, increase soil fertility, and is also better for the farmers as they are not exposed to chemicals.
Organic food is safer, healthier, nutritious, and tastier than its conventional counterparts. If you are planning to follow an organic food diet, make sure you follow these tips. Read food labels carefully. Buy fruits, vegetables and organic ingredients from local farmers. Wash your foods thoroughly.
Organic food in Malaysia is hard to find and most general stores do not carry them. You can order organic food in Malaysia online through www.dietangel.com.my or visit your nearest specialty health food store.