Have you ever wondered why organic is better for you when you’re wandering the aisles of your local grocery store. Buying organic is not always easy. It’s even more difficult if you’re doing the shopping with a reluctant spouse or children in tow. Here are five reasons you should choose organic food whenever possible:
1. Avoid unwanted chemicals in your body.
Commercially grown food contains a “cocktail” of chemical poisons left behind by the use of pesticides. Many of the chemicals used have not been tested for long-term health effects, and the most dangerous require special testing methods which have been used only in very rare occasions.
2. Benefit from more nutrients
Organically grown foods come from soil that has been managed and nourished with sustainable practices by responsible standards. Conventional non-organic fertilizers contain high amounts of nitrogen causing fruits and vegetables to absorb more water and be less nutrient-rich. Because of these practices, there are 20-30% more vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients in organic foods compared to similar commercially grown foods.
3. Preserve our ecosystem
The exposure to pesticides during conventional farming has harmed wildlife. The lack of pesticides involved in organic farming helps support wildlife habitats. Preservation of soil and crop rotation maintains the delicate balance and allows wildlife, insects, frogs, birds and soil organisms to play their roles in ecology.
4. Avoid hormones, antibiotics and drugs in animal products
The highest risk for contamination by harmful substances is from conventional meat and dairy products. Because the animals that these foods come from are higher on the food chain, they contain a higher percentage of toxins from pesticides. Cows and chickens are often fed by-products and grains heavily laden with toxins and chemicals. Antibiotics, drugs and growth hormones are commonly given to animals just to increase their size and weight to get a better market price.
5. Reduce pollution and protect water and soil
Nitrogen rich fertilizers leach chemicals into groundwater and it is estimated that fertilizers and pesticides pollute the primary drinking source for half the population.
Not sure where to start on your journey to cleaner eating? Start with the Clean 15 which includes summer favorites such as asparagus, avocado, sweet corn, kiwi, mango, and pineapple.
Better Bodies by Chemistry promotes responsible organic consumption.