There are many great advantages of organic food. A recent study discovered that organic fruit and vegetables have up to 50% more antioxidants (good stuff), which scientists believed could cut the risk of cancer and heart disease. The study also claimed that organic food has more minerals such as iron and zinc, which also do the body good.
Of course, there are other studies out there that dispute these claims. Below is a list of seven great reasons to eat organic foods as much as possible. Once you have read these benefits, you will be in a better position to decide for yourself if the additional cost of organic foods is worth it; I know it is for me.
Topping the list of advantages of organic food is “taste.” The taste of organic fruits and vegetables is often superior to any conventional produce. That's why many top restaurants use organic produce in their menu. Today, most fruits and veggies are manipulated to look and stay good. The strawberries from your ordinary supermarket may look great on your cake but they have virtually no taste. However, the taste of fresh organic fruits is irresistible.
The average baby is born with 200 toxins and carcinogens in its body. By the time kids reach their 2nd year, most have more than passed the lethal limit for the toxins. By feeding your child organic food, he or she will have about 1/6th the amount of carcinogens in its blood. Thus you will decrease the chances of illnesses significantly. Therefore, especially for infants and children, a raw organic food diet is incredibly important.
Do you ever wonder why organic vegetables and fruits seem to spoil so much faster than produce from normal supermarkets? The reason is that many foods are irradiated. Yet another of the advantages of organic food. Irradiation kills bacteria and extends food life, but, it also alters the molecular structure and life force of the food. Some irradiation methods use radioactive substances, others high energy electrons or x-rays. I don't know about you, but I prefer my food pure and not irradiated.
One of the advantages of organic food is that they still have life force or living enzymes, which is great for digestion. So many people today suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. On a side note, when you plant a seed from raw, organic produce, the seeds actually grow. Once you have irradiated the food, the seeds will no longer grow. The enzymes are dead. From a stress management perspective, the less you stress your food, the less you stress your body.
The vast majority of organic food producers don't sell genetically modified (GM)
food. It's suspected that GM food causes allergies and decreases your immune
system. Government is being secret - at least vague - about the health
consequences of GMO food. I've read enough to not want to take a chance. Do
Organic meat, fish and poultry are healthier for you, which leads to another great reason to eat organic food. Organically raised animals are raised without dangerous chemicals, growth hormones or antibiotics. Pesticides used in ordinary farming don't just affect the animal that eats it first. They accumulate in their tissues (mostly fat). Animals on top of the food chain get the highest concentration of these chemicals. Conventional animals are full of toxins and dirt. Did you know that farmed salmon producers add coloring to the food for the fish to make the fish appear pink in color like they do in the wild.
A cow, chicken or pig will retain most of the pesticides it has ever eaten (directly or indirectly through other animals). Factory farm animals are fed great quantities of (polluted) fish, food doused in pesticides and fed many unnatural compounds never eaten by wild animals.
Inorganic animal food (meat, fish, dairy and eggs) is a main source of pollution to the environment. According to research, animal food contributes to as much as 95% of the toxic chemical residues in the American diet. Meat, fish and poultry have 10 times the amount of the dangerous chemicals DDT, DDE and TDE as conventional produce. In addition, intensive farming is incredibly cruel to farm animals.
One of the most outrageous advantages of organic foods is that organic farms treat their animals much more humane. They place a great emphasis on animal welfare. Just for this reason alone, switching to an organic living makes sense. You may even want to consider veganism - I know I have.
The benefits of organic food are especially striking if you consider the environment. Conventional farming methods erode soil and use dangerous pesticides that may take centuries before they're gone. Think of the DDT, thought to be harmless, but appeared to be extremely bad for your health. Even though this pesticide has been forbidden for many years now, it's still found in virtually all waters, human beings and animals in the world...
In addition, over time, artificial pest controls become less and less effective, so that even more chemicals must be used or other methods found. One of the huge advantages of organic food is that buying it has a huge positive impact on the environment, the animals and people who live on it. Remember the proliferation of antibiotics. Now, our systems are all immune to them and superbugs are ruling the world.
Oftentimes, when we eat organic, we are supporting local growers. For example, I get my much of my produce from a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Co-operative. I also access the local grain CSA indirectly and local organic meat farmers. There is a big push for people to try to use the 100 Mile Diet (only source food from a 100 mile radius around your home) and I do work at this, although I am hardly perfect. However, I like to believe that supporting local growers is good for my local economy.
There is a group of foods known as the dirty dozen because they contain the most pesticides. On this list are strawberries, sweet bell peppers, spinach, peaches, celery, apples, lettuce, cucumbers, potatoes, nectarines, blueberries and grapes. It is wise to consume these twelves foods in organic form only. Other foods to watch out for include meat, poultry, dairy products, cherries and green and yellow beans. This list of eight advantages of organic food is adapted from: http://www.thebestofrawfood.com/advantages-of-organic-foods.html
The advantages of organic food are plentiful as outlined in the points above, but you can get even more bang for your grocery buck if your organic eating includes raw or close to raw foods.
Dr. Sears from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute reports that raw fruits and vegetables are best for human consumption, meaning you can eat as much as you want, any time you want.
But don't worry about overeating. When food is consumed raw (in its natural state), a healthy human body is usually able to self-regulate making you feel full when you have eaten a good portion; however, as food is processed and then over-processed, it becomes harder to achieve the same goal.
In fact, sometimes the body can't even recognize food as food. With fruits and vegetables, for example, once you boil, can, dry or freeze them, they lose a significant amount of their original food value. Many of the nutrients and living enzymes are destroyed during the processing and what was once healthy is now filled with stress-inducing chemicals.
To give you an example, let’s consider an apple. A washed, organic apple eaten raw with skin on is packed with nutrients and living enzymes. Once you peel it and make it into apple sauce, it no longer has as much nutritional value. If you take that same apple and bake it into a pie all packed with processed sugars and unhealthy grains, it is no longer very healthy at all. Of course, there are ways to bake pies and prepare applesauce to retain the natural goodness of the apples, but usually, it takes extra time, energy, knowledge and money to make this happen.