The way we eat has changed drastically in the last hundred years. We no longer eat solely to survive, and our diet is much more varied than the steak-potatoes-and-carrots mix it used to be. That being said, we’re not eating as much junk food as we did just a few decades ago, either. People are now paying more attention to the variety and quality of the food they eat on a daily basis and eating organic is growing in popularity. But why choose organic food? Are there any real benefits to eating organic?
We may not be able to control the quality of the air we breathe, but we can certainly control the quality of food we eat! According to some studies, the nutritional value of organic food is up to four times higher than in commercially grown food. It has also been shown that when we eat organic food, we consume up to 30% fewer calories because it tends to be more dense in nutrients.
Here are our “top 5” benefits of eating organic food:
- Organic food is better for your health: Organic food is healthier, has more nutritional value and contains more vitamins and minerals than conventionally grown foods. Organic farming also minimizes the number of chemical residues that accumulate in our bodies.
- Organic foods do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organic farmers are prohibited from growing genetically modified food. A number of studies have shown that GMOs can greatly affect our health in various ways. Eating organic food ensures you aren’t consuming any GMOs.
- Positive social and environmental impacts: Organic farming supports the local economy. It also consumes less water, protects the soil and reduces soil erosion. Foods that are well adapted to local growing conditions and require less irrigation results in less water consumption. In contrast, the widespread use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers damages the soil and the biodiversity. It’s important to keep this in mind because when we protect the planet, we are protecting ourselves as well.
- Organic food tastes better. It’s often said that organic food tastes better. The reasoning behind this is simple. Because organic food is grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides and is harvested at maturity, organic fruits and vegetables have a quality and freshness that our taste buds find naturally pleasing. When it comes to organic meat, livestock that’s allowed to graze in open pastures has meat that’s firm and flavourful. Organic food has more time to for its flavours to concentrate, making it taste better.
- Opportunities to discover new foods: Eating organic allows us to discover new foods we didn’t even know existed. Organic food baskets, for example, are a great way to enjoy organic vegetables or items that are not always available in grocery stores. Dare to explore the diversity of new organic varieties!
Want to buy organic food, but find it too expensive? Keep in mind that the more organic food that’s grown, the less it will cost (the law of supply and demand at work). Until then, you can stick to your budget while still enjoying tasty organic food by changing some of your eating priorities. For example, eat out at restaurants less often or reduce your consumption of meat, sweets and processed foods. Or combine business with pleasure by growing your own veggie garden. Not only will you have healthy, delicious food at hand, but you’ll save money and feel great about your efforts too! Eating organic is good for your taste buds and for the planet!