It is a recurring question. Why should I buy organic food that costs a lot more? And what are the advantages? The advantages are there, and there are many and the answer can be “common sense” or more articulated. What is certain is that organic fruit and vegetables are more controlled, are cultivated according to a “natural” philosophy, contain more nutrients, less polluting (pesticides), and are even tastier. Trust me. I do not consider who – to justify their choices – field examples of recent counterfeits or other examples like “I saw a field of organic cultivation near the highway”. Of course you need to be careful when we make our purchases, as we should generally be for all the choices that involve our health.
More antioxidants and less pesticides: a study also says so
A study by the University of Newcastle published on July 15 by the British Journal of Nutrition demonstrates that fruits, vegetables, and organic grains as well as containing less pesticides are also richer in antioxidant substances, and this higher antioxidant content is quantified for some elements with a maximum value of 69%. The study published is even more interesting because it explains that the researchers started to re-examine 343 studies already published on the subject, and then they applied statistical methods to compare the different results. Result: on average organic products contain 17% more antioxidants, and for some classes this figure is even higher. From the pesticide point of view, instead, levels in non-organic vegetables are four times higher. The levels of some heavy metals, such as cadmium, which are very harmful to our health, are also higher. More antioxidants, more well-being One of the researchers involved then declared that the study carried out “showed that there is a variation in the composition of foods according to the cultivation method”, and even though the effects and benefits that the choice of a biological diet can bring, however, explains “some antioxidants (…) have been linked by scientific studies to a lower risk of cancers and other diseases”. And for us of Wellness Body Mind this is not new, on several occasions we talked about the benefits of antioxidants and the consumption of foods rich in these particular nutrients, as well as enzymes.
Advice for good shopping: buy less, buy better
It will be professional deformation, curiosity, or interest in people’s behavior, often I happen to observe the contents of shopping carts at the supermarket. There are always sweet and sugary snacks, crisps, but also tubes of mayonnaise, various sauces, vegetables in oil or vinegar, sweet drinks of all kinds, not to mention the large quantities of bakery products or pseudo dietetic. Well, it would be enough to eliminate (at least from the habitual use) only some of these products, to support the greater cost – unavoidable – of organic foods.
I choose organic for well-being: mine, of other people, of the planet
Beyond the mentioned study, it is recognized by several studies of independent organisms that feeding organic food brings different health benefits: a greater wealth of nutrients than other types of food, a presence of greater amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants and minerals (eg calcium, iron, chromium and magnesium), and a lower presence of chemistry, and a consequent better vitality of the foods themselves (enzymes). But there are other important aspects that not everyone knows.
- Organic food is not exposed to the process of artificial maturation with gas, as are some non-organic fruits and vegetables (especially bananas, but not only).
- Organic farms are safer for farmers. A Harvard School of Public Health research found a 70% increase in Parkinson’s disease among those exposed to pesticides.
- Eating organic can help reduce the risk of cancer. The EPA, the US Agency for Environmental Protection, classifies 60% of herbicides, 90% of fungicides and 30% of insecticides as potentially carcinogenic.
- Organic food supports greater biodiversity. Diversity is fundamental to the life of the planet. Genetically modified [GMO] and non-organic food promotes high-yielding monocultures and is destroying biodiversity, making land barren and farmers dependent on multinationals.
- The choice of organic food grown in small organic farms helps to ensure the sustenance of the families of independent farmers. It can be considered a domestic version of fair trade.
- Most organic food simply tastes better than the equivalent grown with pesticides.