Organic vs. Non-Organic: What Should You Consume?

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Organic vs. Non-Organic: What Should You Consume?

Organic foods are becoming more and more popular. Want to learn the difference between organic foods and non-organic? Learn more here.

The Difference Between Organic and Non-Organic

Organic foods are produced differently than conventional foods. According to EatRightOntario , organic foods such as fruits, vegetables, milk, meat and eggs are produced without the following:

Genetically modified organisms

• Antibiotics or growth hormones

• Man-made pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers

• Irradiation (a method of preserving foods with radiation)

Organic farming, animal manure, compost

Are Organic Foods More Nutritious?

There is a growing body of evidence showing that organic foods contain higher nutritional values than conventionally grown food. However, during the course of my research, many sites were quick to note that there was still insufficient evidence to show that the differences in nutritional value translated into overall health benefits. I will leave it to you to make the final conclusions. Some areas of benefits of organic foods include:

Pesticides: Organically grown foods have lower pesticide residue than conventionally grown foods.

Omega 3-Fatty Acids: There is a higher level of omega 3-fatty acids found in organic meats because of the feeding requirements for organic livestock which includes grass and alfalfa.

Heavy metals: Cadmium is a toxic chemical that is found in lower levels in organic grains. This is likely due to the ban on the use of synthetic fertilizers in organic farming.

Nutrients: Organic foods have higher levels of antioxidants. In fact, experts say that increased levels of antioxidants are equivalent to “one to two of the five portions of fruits and vegetables recommended to be consumed daily and would therefore be significant and meaningful in terms of human nutrition, if information linking these [compounds] to the health benefits associated with increased fruit, vegetable and whole grain consumption is confirmed".

clean Fifteen, dirty dozen, chart, organic vs. non-organic

Although consuming organic foods is a personal choice, it is highly recommended that if you’re eating the following foods, you really should consider buying only organic due to the high levels of pesticides that are contained in conventionally grown foods:

• Strawberries

• Spinach

• Blueberries

• Sweet bell peppers

• Snap peas

• Potatoes

• Nectarines

• Peaches

• Collards, kale and lettuce

• Grapes

• Hot peppers

• Cucumbers

• Cherry tomatoes

• Apples

• Celery

This is why you should buy organic.

Final Words

Whatever your thoughts might be on consuming organic foods, there is one compelling reason to go organic: The health of the environment and society as a whole. The toxic pesticides do accumulate in our soil, our water and in our bodies. Care to share your thoughts? I’d love to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to click on the “Connect with Me” button below.

Here are a few related articles you may be interested in reading:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/11/organic-food-more-antioxidants-study

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/organic-food/art-20043880?pg=2

https://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/Farming-Food-production/Organic-Foods-and-Growing-Methods-FAQ.aspx