The practice of eating organic foods may have once seemed like a passing trend, but thankfully for our health, it’s here to stay. In this post, we’ll discuss what makes food organic; explore the various benefits of eating certified organic foods; examine why it’s become so popular; share what impurities you may be ingesting by not eating organic foods; and talk about why many still have reservations about “going organic.”
What makes food organic?
In the U.S., food producers must endure a rigorous process for organic certification, which includes the following steps:
Why has organic food become so popular?
Eating organic foods has become popular in recent years because the foods are more readily available than they previously were and offer undeniable health benefits. In addition, many believe they taste better. There is also a greater awareness about caring for the earth in the face of climate change and many farms that produce organic foods follow more stringent environmental guidelines.
Are non-organic foods harmful?
Organic foods are hormone and GMO-free, contain fewer pesticides (if any), use fewer preservatives and often harbor a higher level of nutrients. Food additives and preservatives—and even some anti-biotic resistant bacteria—in non-organic foods can have toxic effects on the body and contribute to long-term health issues, though more studies need to be done to prove the severity of these claims. Those with food sensitivities may also find organic foods easier to digest than their more heavily processed alternatives.
How do our bodies benefit from organic foods?
Studies have shown that children have a lower risk of eczema and allergies if fed a primarily organic diet. In both children and adults, the higher levels of antioxidants found in certain organic foods can help strengthen our immune systems and contribute to better overall health. The reduction in the amount of pesticides in organic foods may also be good for healthier, clearer skin.
Why don’t we all eat organic foods?
It may seem like a natural choice to switch to a purely organic diet for the reasons listed above, but many people are hesitant for a few reasons:
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