There’s a bit of a debate about whether or not it’s worthwhile paying out the extra money to buy organic. Is it more nutritious? Does it taste better? Is it healthier?…Why Eat Organic? Let’s find out🤓…
Its about a 3 minute read. Here’s a brief outline:-
- What is organic food?
- Toxic chemicals, pesticides, fertilisers and GM free.
- You are what you eat and so are the animals.
- Eating Non Organic Food.
- Grow Your Own.
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What is Organic Food?
Basically, Organic food is grown or reared without the use of artificial pesticides and fertilisers and should not contain GM (genetically modified) ingredients.
The UK Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) states that:
‘Organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation.‘
This describes organic food that is purchased. Home grown and foraged foods are usually also organic.
Toxic Chemicals, Pesticides, Fertilisers and GM Free
The main reason for choosing to eat organic is to avoid adding additional toxins, chemicals and GM ingredients to our bodies.
Non organic produce (fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds) is sprayed with chemical pesticides and fertilisers which we then ingest into our systems. This is obviously not healthy for our bodies and amongst many other things can contribute to oxidative stress which is known to be a cause of many of todays lifestyle diseases. (more on this later)
You are What You Eat – and so are the Animals
Organic meat, poultry, eggs, dairy are produced from animals/birds that only eat organic produce. They are also given GMO free feeds. The better food the animal eats, the healthier it will be, which makes it a better quality food choice for us to eat.
Organic animals are guaranteed to have better living conditions – more natural living conditions, less cramped, less disease and not given routine antibiotics. This also makes for a healthier animal and from an environmental (given that they and their feeds are chemical free) and humane viewpoint organic meat is a far superior choice.
To summarise – they are much healthier and happier animals which make a much better, higher quality food choice for our health and for the environment.
Wild fish is by far the best choice to make. Totally organic and in their wild habitat eating and living as nature intended. If you are buying farmed fish though, organic is a much healthier choice for all the exact same reasons as above with the meat and poultry.
Tip – the best section in the supermarket to find wild fish (especially if you are on a budget) is the freezer section.
The nutritional profile of organic and non organic can be pretty similiar, with organic just making it as the more nutritious choice. This varies widely from product to product and nutrient to nutrient.
… it does seem that organic produce (fruit, veg, nuts, seeds) does offer a higher amount of antioxidants (20-40% more) which are crucial for fighting oxidative stress. Click here for more detail.
Oxidative stress is known to cause most of todays lifestyle diseases including diabetes, cancers, Parkinson’s, Alzeimers…it also contributes to ageing. Click here for a detailed article on Oxidative stress.
This reason alone is enough for me personally, to seek out organic.
Note: When you grow your own organic produce, the nutritional profile will be far superior to anything you buy in the shops depending on how well you fertilise your garden.
In some cases organic and non organic food tastes pretty much the same, you can’t tell the difference between them. There are exceptions though especially when it comes to meat, fish and poultry where there are notable taste differences with the organic being far superior.
Note: Except when you grow your own organic produce and eat it directly from the garden. The taste is outstanding.
Eating non organic food
Sometimes it’s not always possible to eat organic food. This can be for many reasons. Maybe because you can’t afford it or it’s just not available for you to buy. This is fine. It’s far better to live on a diet of non organic fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, meat, fish, poultry and eggs than on a diet of processed packet food.
Grow Your Own
There is no better way to KNOW that your food is chemical and GMO free than to grown your own.
It’s also very cheap.
I recommend a fabulous website www.realseeds.co.uk for buying your seeds. They sell heirloom and heritage seeds for home gardeners that are guaranteed not to be hybrids or genetically modified. And… because they are non hybrid you can save your own seeds for using in future years. This is great news for those on a very tight budget.
I’m a huge fan of growing your own, it just doesn’t get any healthier than this. It tastes better, its much more nutritious, its cheap and just so damn satisfying to work the garden and produce your own food.
It feels quite rebellious because you’re saying no to the mass produced, profit hungry food industry and their poisonous food. I know you’re not self sufficient but it’s a start, it’s something…
Growing your own food; Its like your very own little revolution!!!
Benefits of growing your own organic vegetable garden
- Being Outside In fresh air.
- Connecting with nature.
- Being Outside in natural daylight.
- Tending your plants outside in nature is a form of meditation.
- You are Creating. You are creating your own food.
- It tastes a zillion times better than the shop bought equivalent.
- The nutritional profile will be a zillion times better than the shop bought equivalent.
- It’s very cheap.
- You will know it is chemical free, and GM free.
- You get to be a rebel😎
For all the above reasons its well worth eating organic, if your health isn’t worth a little extra money what is???
If you can’t afford to buy organic then grow your own organic produce for the best nutrition and taste.
If you can afford it grow your own anyway, It doesn’t get any better.
For tips on how to eat healthy and how to eat organic click here to read my blog post ‘How to Eat Healthy, 3 Simple Rules’.
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