The popularity of organic food has been steadily increasing over the past years. Yet many people still buy conventional produce and food-like products.
Some people think that organic food is “too expensive,” while others think that there is no difference between regular food and the so-called organic highly-priced food. However, the difference is huge!
Organic foods have greater nutritional benefits and substantially less toxins. The accumulation of toxins raise the toxic load in the body which contributes to the likelihood of disease.
Even though there is not a wealth of research exploring the organic food industry due to its novelty, some studies have clearly shown the benefits of organic foods. In comparative studies, organic vegetables have shown to have higher concentrations of vitamin C, Fe, K, Ca and P, and lower levels of sodium and nitrates. Additionally, organic dairy has not shown to be damaging to the skin as conventional dairy.
In a literature review, Crinnion 2010 emphasized that organic food has greater nutritional value and less toxic content. It is shown that organic produce offers significantly larger levels of vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and significantly lower residues of nitrates and pesticides than non-organic varieties of the same foods. At the same time, organic food supplies greater levels of antioxidant phytochemicals (anthocyanins, flavonoids, and carotenoids), which provide a potent suppressor effect to toxic compounds that induce cell mutation and cancerous conditions.
Recent research has also explored organic food consumption. Lockie et al. (2002) studied over 1,200 food consumers in Australia. They found a strong correlation between organic food consumption and higher educational levels, having more organic consumers with science education backgrounds and knowledge of genetic engineering of foods. They also reported a gender discrepancy, with a higher number of females consuming organic. It was also pointed out that organic food consumers rated health and the nutrient content of foods as the most important motivating factors in making food choices, as opposed to many non-organic consumers which rated price very important. It seems that incentive towards health-consciousness is behind the purchase of organic foods.
Organic food is not only better for your body from a nutritional point of view, organic food is fresher, as well as much more delectable. Try it! You will definitely taste and feel the difference!
DO YOU BUY ORGANIC? IF NOT, WHY NOT??
Maybe you don’t really know much about organic food ….. If lack of knowledge is the excuse, then it is time to educate yourself. Not totally convinced about the benefits of organic food? Do some research!
This is not an irrelevant issue. It is a very important one, an issue that has a direct impact on your health and the quality of your life. Not only yours but your family’s well-being as well. Higher toxins and lower nutrient levels in your body equal to a higher prevalence of illness!!
Or maybe you think that organic food is “too expensive” ….. Well, organic food is more expensive that conventional food — That’s a fact. However, is it really expensive in the big picture? How about illness? How expensive is being sick? Being sick means doctor visits, medications and medical procedures, all of which are very expensive.
Life is not cheap, you pay a high price either way…. You can pay a little higher price for your food now, or you pay a much higher price for being sick. Not only that, but not feeling well means time off from work and your loved ones, as well a lower quality of life.
Besides, organic food is more expensive because it’s better food. You always pay more for quality. Would you prefer to buy and live in a house in a dirty, dilapidated, polluted, crime-ridden area? Or would you prefer to buy real state in a safe and pristine area with lots of greenery, access to high quality education, and well-functioning infrastructure?
The issue boils down to your appreciation for your body and the state of your health. Do you take your health for granted? You can’t really think that you can consume high toxic food without consequence.
So, is buying organic food worth it?? Well… You tell me!
To a Fitter Healthier You,
The Fitness Wellness Mentor