Every time you go to the store, you see some produce labeled organic, but others are not. While some people say organic food is not worth the price tag, there are many benefits to eating organic!
So what exactly is “organic” food?
“Organic refers to how certain foods are produced. Organic foods have been grown without using artificial chemicals, hormones, antibiotics or genetically modified organisms.
In order to be labeled organic, a food product must be free of artificial food additives (including sweeteners, preservatives, coloring, flavoring, and MSG).
Organic produce is grown in naturally fertilized soil, and animals aren’t given hormones.
Benefits of Organic Food:
- Organic crops have more antioxidants and vitamins - several studies have found that organic food generally has more antioxidants and certain micronutrients, such as vitamin C, zinc, and iron.
- Lower Nitrate Levels: high nitrate levels are linked to an increased risk of certain types of cancers. Studies have shown that organic food has a 30% lower nitrate level.
- Organic dairy and meat may have a more favorable fatty acid profile - organic dairy and contains a higher level of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have many health benefits including a reduced risk of heart disease.
- Fewer chemicals and resistant to bacteria - eating organic reduces your exposure to pesticide residue and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.