Do you have to eat organic?
The debate over whether or not organic produce is better for you than conventional foods rages on.
There are many reports that say there is no difference in the vitamin and mineral content of organic foods compared to non-organic.
However there are reports that say organic foods have higher levels of antioxidants because of the reduced levels of pesticides and antibiotics in the growing of organic produce.
There are a number of pros and cons in relation to eating organic food. Some say it tastes better. This is anecdotal and not backed by blind tests where respondents actually preferred GMO crops in taste.
On the other hand, organic foods don’t usually have the same appearance as conventional produce (ie they often look different because of blemishes etc) and mostly they are more expensive.
Weighing all this up, what is best for you? Well, the bottom line is that everyone could benefit from more fruits and vegetables in our diets.
If organic helps you with this, then you should be encouraged to buy organic produce.
Personally, I think it is best to err on the side of caution. There is no reason not to eat organic so there is no harm in eating organic and it might have benefits.
If you’re concerned about the cost, then you could mix organic with non-organic. I tend to go for the offers. Sometimes when there is an offer on organic food it can work out less than non-organic. So it’s worth keeping an eye on those.
The important thing is to make sure you know what you are buying. Check labels to make sure the produce comes from certified organic farmers and producers.
This goes for all types of food – fruit, vegetables and meat produce.
Of course, a really good alternative is to try growing vegetables and fruit yourself. I am no gardener despite having a lovely garden so this is not for me. But I have been told that gardening reduces stress and stress levels do play a role in your overall health.
Love Sarah xx