IS ORGANIC FOOD REALLY BETTER FOR YOU?
Some swear their lives by organic because it is natural, environmentally and animal friendly, as well as perceive it to be a healthier and safer option. After all, it doesn’t use artificially added chemicals.
But the main question is, are organic products really safer and more nutritious?
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not pesticide-free. Contaminants can still reside in the soil or come from neighbouring farms. More importantly, there’s no clear link between pesticides and higher risks of cancer. Besides, pesticide usage in conventional produce is still below safety limits.
If health is still a main concern, you can start off by switching to whole grain for its higher fiber, vitamins and mineral content. You can also bet your money on organic dairy and meat products as they contain higher omega-3 fatty acids.
You may want to consider giving locally-produced organic vegetables a try as well. They go easy on your wallets as compared to imported ones.
Apart from organic produce generally boasting significantly higher levels of antioxidants, there isn’t enough compelling evidence to prove that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional ones.
The bottom-line is, going organic does not promise better health, and neither does conventional food spell disaster. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll be much worse off if you stick to your current shopping list as long as you wash out your produce thoroughly, eat well and exercise!