There are several well-known benefits to going organic that are focused on supporting the environment and local farms. However, what is less well known is what the human health benefits to organic are. Are organic foods really better for you?
Organic foods are produced without using artificial or chemically formulated substances. Originally considered a “trend” organic foods are now bought by a majority of American families. So, why have we seen a change in the last few years?
Most people have an understanding that organic is better for them, but they don’t know exactly why. Let’s break down the benefits:
Reduced Pesticide Levels
Research has shown than an organic diet can dramatically reduce the pesticide levels found in the body. Pesticide exposure is particularly important in child development and has been show to contribute to deficiencies in neurodevelopment.
Organic fruits and vegetables tend to contain a higher level of total antioxidants. Antioxidants are important nutrients found in fresh fruits and vegetables and have been shown to yield several health benefits, including the prevention of several cancers. Additionally, organic milk has more omega-3 fatty acids.
By eating organic, you are eating pure food that is fresh and preservative free. Food that is prepared without the chemicals generally tends to taste better. When given the choice, most people will go for freshly grated Parmesan over the artificial powder you would find at a low-key pizza joint. The same logic applies here. Organic foods taste how they are supposed to taste, without the added chemicals.
Try going organic to see if it is for you. Start by only consuming fruits and vegetables that are organic. Gradually incorporate more and more organic items to see if you notice a difference!