The importance of organic food for health and wellness has always been a major consideration for regular consumers. As most people will say, “Eat healthy and you’ll live healthy.” But of course, the cost can be discouraging especially with the prices that supermarkets offer.
So how do you weigh down your options? Maybe these facts about organic foods will help you.
- It contains antioxidants.
A variety of minerals, vitamins and healthy compounds exists in food – and research claims that there’s so much more when it comes from organic foods. This is due to lesser chemicals that are commonly injected for the food to last longer or to grow abundantly. Furthermore, antioxidants in organic foods help reduce the risks of problems with one’s heart, vision and growth.
- It’s fresher.
As stated above, most foods that people buy in the market contains preservatives for them to last longer. However, these chemicals tend to decrease the nutrient level of the food hence, a little less healthy. Organic foods, on the other hand, are much fresher as they are grown naturally and in accordance to best practices of farming.
- It has “little-to-none” contamination of pesticides.
Along with preservatives, organic foods do not also or contains, however, lesser pesticides than the usually grown food. These chemicals such as herbicides, insecticides or fungicides are most often applied on plants to get rid of the pests that may harm them. However, most often, they leave residues on plants that may remain even when the vegetables or fruits have already been cleansed.
- It does not promote overdosing of antibiotics.
Like people, some conventionally grown animals especially livestock or feed houses, are being fed with antibiotics. The thing is, people have had already their own dose of antibiotics, so if the food that they eat also has antibiotics – this could lead to the weakening of the immune system. Organic foods do not practice using antibiotics on farming, instead they let the animals grow naturally by letting them out for a while and move around the space.
- It is good for the heart.
By growing animals in an organic way, letting them out and move around spaces, this increases the amount of fatty acids that the animal contains. This particular fatty acid is referred to as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and is mostly found in organic milk and meat. Specifically, it prevents further risks of heart diseases by boosting the cardiovascular protection of the human body.
- It’s free from genetic modification.
While technology continues to make things better and bigger for farmers through genetic modification, it makes the human body at a disadvantage. Genetic modification is the alteration in the DNA of an organism. Most likely, making a plant grow larger than its usual size is an example of genetic modification. While the effects on the human body is yet to be understood completely, this has caused negative effects on animals such as the weakening of the immune system, and risks of cancers. Who knows it may do the same for the human body?
Organic foods play a huge part to an individual’s life as it avoids hidden or long-term side effects that chemicals produce in usually grown foods. While they can rather be costly than a conventionally grown food, one can’t deny that they truly make life a bit longer and risk-free. Hence, a healthy future.
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