There are a number of reasons that those who grow and eat organic food believe that it is superior to food that isn’t organic. Some of those reasons are elaborated below:
Higher Antioxidant Intake
Recent research on how antioxidants from our daily meals affect health has indicated that when antioxidants are ingested from organic foods, they seem to incite more positive effects. Researchers have suggested that this effect may be because harmful compounds are not affecting the nutrients that your body needs. These nutrients play a crucial role in how fresh produce aids our bodies in defending against cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as making sure our eyes and brains are working well. Studies point to organic food as a way that you can take in the antioxidants you need while avoiding harmful inorganic compounds.
Often, people who choose organic foods do so because of the insecticide that is applied to non-organic produce. This substance is able to prevent certain pests from infiltrating produce. While the reduced amount of pests is a definite plus, the dangerous components of this substance often outweigh the benefits that it offers. Organophosphorus, for instance, is a common ingredient in pesticides. When we ingest non-organic foods, we often take in organophosphorus as well. Our bodies do not need this mineral compound, and studies have shown correlations with developmental issues such as autism and ADHD. Parents, especially, often decide to keep the food in their house organic as to not interfere with their children’s development and help them avoid the toxins found in other food.
Conjugated linoleic acid, also known as CLA, is a fatty acid that is beneficial for our cardiovascular function, having been shown to improve heart health. Nursing mothers are able to produce CLA in their breast milk for their children. It can also be found in greater amounts in the meat from animals who have been able to feed on grass for longer periods of time. Thus, you are able to get a good amount of CLA from free-range animal protein.
Stronger Immune System Function
A lot of us fear anything with the ‘GMO’ label. Genetic modification does, after all, sound daunting. The agriculture industry, however, has spent years developing such technology. When you consider world hunger and the idea of growing apples several times bigger, it doesn’t seem that bad. However, genetic modification is still new. Scientists do not yet have answers for its impact on us in the long haul. That being said, animal tests have revealed that modified food has been correlated with a big drop in immune system function. Other observed effects are raised rates of birth mortality, cancers, allergies, and sexual issues. Despite the benefits of genetically modified food, it is still important to consider the long haul.
Lowering Chances of Antibiotic Resistance
For the most part, people are conscious about health and preventing further problems. Most people get vaccinated and make certain to pick up some antibiotics when their bodies are compromised by bacteria. Little do many know, most non-organic foods also contain antibiotics. Excessive consumption of antibiotics is destructive to our bodies because our immune systems will be constantly adjusting itself, increasing our resistance to antibiotics. Sooner or later, our bodies will not be able to protect itself as effectively. We can avoid any excess consumption of antibiotics by sticking to organic food.
Producers of food grown organically avoid using chemical fertilizers. These strong compounds are therefore not in your food and are not able to harm your body. That doesn’t mean that produce is not fertilized at all. Often, organic farmers opt to use natural fertilizers like manure. Although it is certainly foul-smelling, it is much better for your body.
A large number of people consider food cooked with organic ingredients to be much tastier than food cooked with non-organic components. This assumption is often attributed to the process of production as well as distribution. A large portion of organic food is grown and distributed locally. The faster it makes it to your kitchen and into your meals, the fresher it is.
When harmful compounds are used in the production of food, it does not only make it onto your plate, but also leaves traces on the environment. The water, air, and soil suffers from its effects too. With organic farming, there is less impact on the environment, making for a healthier earth in the long run.
Many manufacturers of organic animal products also put an emphasis on cruelty-free products. In mass non-organic animal product manufacturing, animals are often cooped up in cages and mistreated. Animals that go through organic production, however, are often treated much better. Not only does this make your food taste better, but it lightens your conscience as well.
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