Organic foods are a product of a farming system which is free from man-made fertilizers, pesticides and animal reared without the growth hormones, drugs, and livestock additives.
Before, Organic food was only available in farmers market and specialized stores but now it is widely available, the US consumers spent about $39 billion in 2014.
Many consumers believe that organic food is safer, healthier and it is better for the environment.
Organic food has more antioxidants
Organic food has more antioxidant compounds and micro nutrients such as vitamin C, iron and zinc.
An international team of expert led by Newcastle University has shown that organic crops are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown ones.
The study was led by Professor Carlo Leifert says: ‘’This study demonstrates that choosing food produced according to organic standards can lead to increased intake of nutritionally desirable antioxidant and reduced exposure to toxic heavy metals”.
Antioxidants helps to reduce the risk of chronic diseases including cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative disease, and cancers.
Though logically it is advisable to consume diet based organic food but other worry about the cost, in the UK organic food are considerably more expensive than non-organic food but with careful planning and preparation, organic food is quite affordable by buying directly from the farmer, farmers market or farm shop.
Fresh Foods Are Best
If you are on a tight budget but would like to buy more organic food, then you could prioritize by buying fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit.
The chemical used in conventional farming can have many negatives effect on your health and the environment. Pesticide exposure may also affect male reproductive function and has been linked to miscarriages in pregnant women.
Additionally, conventional produce tends to have fewer nutrients than organic produce. On average, conventional produce has only 83 percent of the nutrients of organic produce.
Studies have found significantly higher levels of nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Nitrogen concentrations were found to be significantly lower in organic farming.
Concentrations of total nitrogen were 10%, nitrate 30%, and nitrite 87% lower in organic food compared to conventional food.
Check The Labels
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set up organic certification programs for farmer or food producer selling organic food.
To identify organic food, look for the seal or statement on the food labels.
In addition supporting organic food industry helps in the protection of the environment by not using harmful pesticide and fertilizer chemicals which can result in the loss of topsoil, toxic runoff and resulting water pollution, soil contamination and poisoning and the death of insects, birds, critters and beneficial soil organisms should help you feel even better.