Organic food is basically food that is produced without the use of certain pesticides, fertilizers, and is not genetically modified. We can certainly see that there is a boom in the organic food industry in recent years.
Just a decade ago you would only find organic in health food stores, but nowadays you walk into any major supermarket and you’d usually find an organic produce section. But is organic food really that much better for you than conventional foods? Is it healthier, and does it taste better?
Well, we can look at both the pros and cons of eating more organic foods. First, let’s take a look at some of the real benefits of buying more organic.
What Are The Benefits of Eating Organic Foods?
1. No GMO, Pesticides, Growth Hormones
Organic foods are made under very strict standards set by the USDA, they must only be produced using organic approved materials and have passed many tests.
With organic produce there is no harmful man-made synthetic fertilizers used in the growing process, no cancer-causing pesticides, and no genetically modified stuff (GMO.) So you’re getting very clean food that you know is not toxic to your health.
I’m vegan so I only worry about the pesticides and stuff. But if you’re eating animal products, you wanna buy organic because of the growth hormones that is used for the animals to grow quicker, this stuff is not healthy and when you eat the animals you’re eating whatever they put in them. Buying organic is not only healthier, but more humane towards animals.
2. Support The Environment
According to the NCBI website, there is 1 Billion pounds of pesticides used in the USA each year in conventional produce. These pesticides not only harm the health of the person eating it, but also the environment. This stuff is toxic to your body, so what do you think it does to the earth? Nothing good.
After seeping into the soil, it runs off to the water and contaminates it, and eventually the contaminated water goes into our bodies and make us sick. Buying more organic food supports the environment by reducing the toxic pesticides in our land and water.
3. They’re Tastier More Flavor
Personally I have not noticed any major difference in the taste of organic produce VS conventional produce, but I have heard many people claim that organic tastes better. Maybe it’s a placebo effect, maybe it’s real, who knows?
But I’ve heard that carrots taste sweeter, bananas have a tastier texture, but like I’ve said I have not experienced this myself but only heard it from other people. You might wanna try it out yourself and see if the difference is noticeable to you.
Another possible reason why some people find organic is tastier is probably because fresher food tends to taste better. A lot of people buy their organic produce at small farmer’s markets where there is less time between harvesting and it being sold at the stores.
4. Slightly Higher nutritional values
Organic produce tend to have higher levels of vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants, although the difference is probably small and won’t make much of a difference to make up for the heavier price tag of buying organic. But if you got the money and you care about your health, buying organic is only gonna be healthier and more nutritious.
Cons of Organic Food
- It’s A LOT more expensive than conventional Sometimes it’s absolutely ridiculous, I mean, I don’t care how healthy it is, I’m not spending $6 for one mango! Insane.
- It rots faster than convention produce. Because organic food doesn’t have the chemicals, preservatives, and wax sprayed onto it as would conventional produce, organic food tends to spoil faster.
- Unfortunately organic food is still prone to food viruses like listeria, E Coli, and salmonella.
Should You Buy Organic?
Eating conventional produce grown with pesticides is probably not gonna give you cancer or have any other major negative health impacts on you right away. The risk is not big overall because the amount of these chemicals you consume everyday is small, but it’s there and these small amounts can add up.
What if you eat a little bit everyday for 10 years? What kind of negative impact would it have on your health in 20 years?
Personally I don’t buy organic very much, I don’t feel that the nutritional differences would be that significant, and the heavier costs just isn’t worth it for me. But if you’re trying to limit your consumption of pesticides as much as possible but price is an issue, you don’t have to go 100% organic all the way.
You see, some produce is grown with more pesticides than others. Just buy organic for the produce that generally has more pesticides.
Here is a small list of some of the produce known to contain more pesticides, these are the ones you SHOULD buy organic:
- Green onions
- Black Berries
Here is a small list of some of the produce that has less pesticides, and you probably don’t need to buy organic:
In conclusion, there are a few different reasons for buying organic vs conventional produce. It’s slightly more nutritious, it’s better for the environment, and you could find it tastier. But at the same time the much bigger cost is a major hindrance. Most people probably find it ridiculous to be paying 2-3 times more for something that is only slightly better for them.
I feel that the best way to get the most out of both worlds is to pick and choose, buy organic for certain produce that is known to contain more pesticides, and buy conventional for the ones that usually contains the least.
Or if you’re a baller and you got a lot of dough to spend and money is no object for you, then going with organic is only going to be better for your health, your environment, and your taste buds.
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