A lot of the food that we eat to today is mass produced. This includes fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy produce and many more. The food industry is far more concerned with making money rather than the consumers’ nutrition and health. This fact has led many shoppers to choose organic food over conventionally produced items and to grow their own ingredients at home. But is organic produce any better for our health? The following health benefits will surely convince you that, yes, it is.
Conventionally farmed produce are sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. These chemicals are toxic to humans and many of which have been linked to serious illnesses such as cancer. This is especially worrying when you consider the smallest of grains that will absorb a large amount of these poisons. Organic food, on the other hand, uses non-chemical means to control pests that are derived from natural sources. However, the best way to ensure your ingredients are completely pesticide free is to grow your own. Growing your own is easier than you may think. Many vegetable and fruit plants develop well indoors in sunny spots and with the use of a HydroGrow LED in winter. If you are interested, check out some online guidance on how to start growing your own produce.
No Genetically Modified (GM) foods
GM organisms are used by the agribusiness to improve foods. The plants’ genetics are altered by the introduction of genes from other organisms. This process that has many potential health risks including an increase in allergic reactions to food and antibiotic resistance. Aside from the health dangers, it’s completely unnatural! Organic foods, especially those you grow your own, have an emphasis on limited human interaction. They are allowed to grow as nature intended them to.
Organic food is more nutritional
This remains a hot topic of debate. Yet, mounting evidence suggests that organic food contains more nutrients than conventional produce. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Here is an example for you. In a 2002 study from the University of Missouri, it was revealed that small organic oranges contained 30 percent more vitamin C than non-organic large oranges. And there are many more studies that will help convince you that organic food is more nutritious than their conventional cousins.
Better quality animal produce
Meat and dairy that is mass produced by the food industry has been found to contain antibiotics and other harmful drugs. These are passed on to us when we eat meat and dairy produce. The reason these animals require medication is because they are kept in such terrible conditions that they are prone to injuries and infections. Organically raised animals are not given antibiotics, growth hormones or other drugs. They are raised on smaller farms, given more space and freedom meaning the animals are healthier, and as a consequence, so are we.
Mass produced food can be damaging to our health. As well as this, it is often unnatural, inhumane and terrible for the environment. Eating organically has many benefits for your physical health as well as your conscience.