The whole world seems to have gone crazy about organic food. It is becoming the standard in more and more countries, as people are starting to realize all the benefits of a healthy and well-balanced diet. However, it is very dubious whether consumers know what exactly organic food is.
If you go to the supermarket, you cannot rely solely on the packaging print that promises “organic.” You need to know what standards food needs to meet in order to be labeled and marketed as organic. Since they can make money from organic food, certain dishonest food companies are advertising their products as organic when in reality they do not meet the requirements.
These are all reasons to fully understand what it means to buy organic produce and what the health benefits of it are. Myself, I have long ago become aware of the benefits of organic food for my organism and I learned to appreciate it more and not feel sorry at all for spending extra dollars on it. My daughter was the one who told me of the type of organic food and the importance of it for the new generation. If young people can be aware of what we eat, then we too can make a change to our diet because it is never too late to start eating healthy.
Anyone who has read an article on how detrimental for human health pesticides and herbicides are, probably developed a strong disliking towards non-organic food. No matter how much you wash fruits or vegetables, there is always going to remain some residue of pesticide and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. When it comes to bananas, for instance, everything they spray them with travels down the fruit and remains at its base because bananas grow/hang vertically, so it would be wise to skip that last bite.
The dosage of these harmful chemicals in individually small and cannot hurt the organism but if your diet consists exclusively out of non-organic food, then you are basically poisoning yourself over the years, increasing the risk of contracting many diseases, like cancer. That is why you should introduce organic food into your diet at least for one meal if nothing else.
When it comes to animal meat, the biggest danger to human health is the use of antibiotics in their diet. The residue of these substances remains in the meat we consume, so we are basically eating antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Organic meat guarantees that the animal grazed freely and that no antibiotics or steroids were used on it.
Can organic food be junk food?
The term “organic” defines how a certain type of food was grown, not that it is 100% quality ingredient. Organically grown food still has to be processed (grilled vegetables anyone?) and it can have a high percentage of sugar, fat, and salt inside. That is why we are predominantly speaking of organic ingredients that you can use to prepare meals back home, as food manufacturers cannot be completely trusted.
Modern food distribution networks mean that we no longer have to visit the marketplace to purchase organic food, as the local supermarkets is equally well-stocked. We can get chips, fizzy drinks, cookies, and even ice-cream that is organic but this doesn’t necessarily mean that these foods are healthy. People who are trying to lose weight won’t be able to do this just by switching to a pesticide-free diet.
Junk food is just food, regardless of how it was grown. If you want to eat healthily, you have to get organic ingredients and process the food yourself. This is the only way you will know there is no added sugar and you can put as much salt for the sake of the taste as you like.
Growing an organic garden
In fact, it would be best if you could round up the entire food production process, from the field to the dining table. Well, in your case, the “field” would be your backyard where you can create an organic garden. This undertaking is easier than most people think, as you need only fertile ground and the basic of tools.
You don’t even have to be a green thumb, as there are numerous gardening blogs and online tutorials, so anyone can become a seasoned gardener. Many of my friends have learned the basic of gardening through online blogs that passionate seasoned gardeners create in order to reach to others. In fact, after just a couple of years, you too might fall in love with gardening and perhaps start your own vlog, explaining to the public how you went from a complete novice to an experienced gardener.
By starting a garden, you will learn to hoe, create home compost and water the garden in no time! Organic gardening is actually so much fun that you’ll soon inquire about how to find a local hose company to ask for a new nozzle because the garden will grow in size.
The biggest advantage of owning such a garden is the ability to pluck fresh peppers and carrots just feet away from the kitchen, that is, the place where those vegetables will be processed. This means the food you use in your diet will always be 100% organic and fresh, which is especially important for children’s diet.
Reading the labels
Talking of figures, does organic food really have to have that “100%” mark on its packaging? Well, the producers will try to trick you using wordplay so you have to know how to read the labeling properly. It turns out; you have to be schooled to go to the supermarket.
If the food is labeled as “100% organic” this means that every single ingredient inside it is organic. If it only states that the food is “organic,” then some 95% of the ingredients are organic and there is probably some added sugar or fats that got into the produce during the production process. Finally, “made with organic” phrase implies that at least 70%% of the ingredients are organic.
Any figure lower than 70% means that the food cannot legally be labelled as organic, at least in the United States. The legislature may vary in other countries but they all have systems of determining whether a certain food product can be labeled as organic. The problem is companies who want to make money off the organic label and use it indiscriminately, misleading us buyers.
What are the health benefits?
If you are wondering whether your organism benefits additionally from organic food, the answer is yes. Not only do we intake far fewer chemicals and added sugars and fats but the nutrient content increases as well. In general, the main benefits or organic food are higher vitamin C levels, lower nitrate levels, and higher levels of selenium.
Vitamin C does wonders for our immune system, so organic oranges can lift us up when we are sick. Lower nitrate levels mean that out organism can function more normally as there are no inhibitors to metabolism. Finally, selenium is an antioxidant that enhances our immune system and helps decrease oxidative stress.
Apart from this medicinal explanation, I have livened up after changing my diet. In general, I feel less bloated, less stressed, and more relaxed after consuming organic food. A complete dietary makeover, therefore, entails an overall healthier lifestyle, which is a change everyone notices immediately. My friends are saying that I have become more active and all of my senses seems to have sharpened.
Protecting the environment
If you thought that only the human body can benefit from purging itself from chemicals, you were wrong. The environment equally benefits from organic farming as fewer toxins end up in the ground and rivers. This means that the nature around organic farms is more pleasant to spend time in than the one around conventional farms that are pesticide-ridden.
Organic farming does not deplete nutrients from the ground so the land remains fertile for many decades, as its salinity remains in balance. Animals which consume organic food are also healthier and they do not risk poisoning, which is, unfortunately, a common scenario. By choosing to buy organic food, you are actively helping conserve every living being in the ecosystem, whether it was a plant or an animal.
Making money off organic food
The final benefit of organic food has to do with the improvement of mental health. A person with money is a happy person, so you should know that buying organic food means that the price you pay will go to the local farmer. While other types of food include large multinational conglomerates, organic farms are mostly run by families or village collectives.
This means that the money you pay for organic tomato, for instance, goes to the farmer you might even personally know, so the money stays in the local economy. In fact, it might come back to you through a service or a good that farmer decides he or she needs. By choosing organic food, you are helping the local economy your business depends on.
As you have seen, there are countless benefits of consuming organic ingredients. Personally, apart from feeling healthier, I am glad that I no longer contribute to the destruction of the environment. The farmers that I buy food of regularly visit my beauty salon and it feels good to receive back the bills I gave them just a week ago. Writing about the benefits of organic food is one thing but experiencing firsthand the change it ushered in my life is something truly special. Enough to make anyone start eating organic as of today!