You are in the supermarket looking for a fresh box of strawberries.
You reach to pick one to add to your shopping basket and there you see another box labeled as “Organic”.
On the spur of the moment, you decide to shell some extra money for this box of organic strawberries.
You arrive at the billing counter still thinking whether you made the right choice or not.
Let me assure you.
You made the right choice.
Here is why eating organic food is a good choice for our health.
To understand this, we first need to understand which food is organic.
The term “organic” refers to the process of how certain foods are produced. Organic foods have been grown or farmed without the use of artificial chemicals, hormones, antibiotics or genetically modified organisms (GMO).
In order to be labeled organic, a food product must be free of artificial food additives.
Here is how organic food or natural food is good for us.
It reduces our chemical exposure.
Food that is not organic is grown using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Consuming such food over a long period results in increased toxicity. This, in turn, becomes the cause of disease. When we choose organic, we reduce our exposure to these harmful chemicals; and make a commitment with our own bodies to put only nutritionally safe food into our bodies.
It is rich in nutrients.
Organic food is rich in many vitamins, minerals and micronutrients. One research led by Newcastle University suggested that organic food contains a higher level of antioxidants than conventionally grown food. In another study, researchers were surprised to see that organically grown food products showed 27% higher level of certain minerals such as calcium and many phytonutrients.
Organic farming builds healthy soil.
To grow healthy food you need healthy soil. If the soil is fed with chemicals and pesticides it can not flourish on its own. Organic farming methods restore the quality of the soil by returning the nutrients back to the soil and. This keeps the soil healthy and ready to grow good organic produce.
It tastes good.
Conventionally grown food crop has a high level of nitrogen from synthetic fertilizers creating a source of sugar and starches which a plant uses for energy at the expense of flavor-producing healthy antioxidants. We all yearn for natural flavor. The good news is that organic farming promotes that naturally.
With this knowledge, be confident and feel happy about your organic food purchase next time.
Buying organically grown food products, that are free from chemicals, are tasty, and support the environment, is a commitment we should make for our own health and for the health of those we love.