Is Eating Organic Food Better For Me?
Firstly let’s define what organic means.
It is a farming process that grows and produces food without using synthetic chemicals such as pesticides and artificial fertilisers. The use of genetically modified components or exposing food to irradiation is not used.
The term organic can also cover animal products like eggs, chicken, and beef.
This has lead to an increase in demand for organic products. Walk into any supermarket and you’ll notice how much more shelf-space is being taken up with organic items.
It would make perfect sense to conclude that choosing organic food over conventionally grown products would be a healthier because of the processes used and the way it’s marketed.
But Does Organic Live Up To The Hype?
Several studies have been conducted to compare the nutritional content of organically grown food and conventionally grown produce, and most have shown no significant differences in key vitamins and minerals.
However some research has shown small differences in some organic foods with regards to:
Lower nitrate levels.
Higher Vitamin C levels.
Higher levels of selenium.
Although organic foods do have fewer pesticide residues than their conventional counterparts, the levels in both foods are well within the levels for safe consumption.
It is also unclear whether the pesticides used in organic farming are safer than those used in more conventional farming methods.
What Does That Mean For You and Your Health?
You don’t have to eat organic to maintain your health according to current research.
Organic products are generally more expensive than conventionally grown food products. It takes longer to produce organic food as it is more labour intensive and the yield is lower. Conventional methods are more time efficient and produce more which keeps costs down.
At the end of the day you have to balance the extra cost vs the perceived benefit of lower pesticide and chemical use.
If cost is not an issue then organic will provide you with some small extra benefits but not buying organic won’t mean your health is going to be hugely impacted.