More than ever before, the popularity of switching to organic foods has drastically increased. So much so that there are organic markets and restaurants popping up all over the place. Most people decide to make the change simply because it is better for the environment and your body. If you are hesitant and find yourself thinking is it really worth is, continue reading.
Let’s start with what exactly organic food is. Organic crops are grown without any use of pesticides, biotechnology or artificial fertilizers. Organic meats come from animals that are strictly given organically grown feed and raised without any antibiotic or synthetic growth hormones. Organic foods are produced with the use of synthetic ingredients that follow United States Department of Agricultural standards.
So with all of the growing protocols, is organic food actually better for you? According to research, which is still ongoing, organic foods have a higher nutritional value than that of conventional, inorganic foods. Studies have shown that synthetic pesticides used on inorganic herbs can be linked to migraines, and while extremely rare, even cancer and birth defects.
While organic foods are the clear healthier option, the high costs are what make many people feel that they cannot switch to a strictly organic diet. You do not necessary need to change everything about how you are eating in order to be healthy. You can start with just buying fruits and vegetables that are organically grown from a local farmers market. These markets have a mix of both organic and inorganic foods so you may even be able to still get all of your shopping done in one place. Since typically meats and dairy do not raise as much concern when it comes to pesticide contamination, this is a great place to start.
If you decide to make the switch, first congratulations. Secondly, when shopping make sure to look out for the USDA seal on any packaged foods because this insures that it actually is organic and not just claiming to be.