We all know that what we eat affects the overall health of our body. This is the reason many health groups and healthy lifestyle practitioners clamor for people to choose organic. However, in the endless sea of labels and ingredients claiming to be organic, it can be confusing for an average Joe. With that in mind, this article can help one to make better and smarter choices with regards to the food they consume and make a better commitment to stay healthier.
Do you know that the way a produce came to be has an overall impact to your body’s health? Not only that, but it also affects the environment. You may see plenty of produce labelled “organic” while others may have “100% organic” on it. The term “organic” is simply a way for manufacturers to tell consumers how produce are grown and processed. Organic produce are grown from natural surroundings, using natural fertilizer and water resources to grow it. Some produce that are termed as “100% organic” means that all materials used came from organic resources and processing of the food is done naturally. Organic meats, for example, means that the livestock are given natural food, are free range and not subjected to any man-made hormone growth products or vaccines.
Why Go Organic
Many studies show that going organic has several advantages compared with consuming conventional products. For one, organic food is healthier because it has no chemicals or preservatives added to it. Many farmers use pesticides or insecticides to safeguard their crops from insects. Although this produces ideal yields, residues from the chemicals used can affect the health of the consumer especially those with food sensitivities. Studies show that low exposure to pesticides can increase the person’s risk to cancer and even more so for pregnant women and young kids. Chemicals from fertilizers are also harmful to the environment causing ecological imbalances such as increased soil erosion and other environmental problems.
The need to feed the world’s ever increasing population has also paved the way for Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs. These plants or livestock have their DNA tweaked to ensure better resistance to bacterial strains thus increasing the chance of higher yields. Although this helps in sustaining the world’s population, GMOs also open up the possibility of other health risks that might be less responsive to existing treatment. Eating organic food that is GMO-free means less exposure to future health problems.
Food labels are a great source for those who want to purchase organically made produce. Industry production standards differ from one country to another and as such it is important to read and understand the fine print. 100% organic means that all ingredients used come from 100% organic materials. Some may also see an approved seal from the country’s food bureau like the USDA seal showing that all standards are met and the food item has passed inspection.