Generally speaking, organic food is more expensive than conventional, and yet it is a growing market. This means more people are willing to cough up the extra dollars for something they believe is superior. If you are not one of them, read this post.
“Organic” means food grown without most conventional pesticides or fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website. To carry the “organic” seal, a product must be certified as having been produced according to federal regulations.
People choose organic reasoning for one or both of the following reasons:
- Concerns over personal health.
- Concerns over the health of this planet and society (health of soil, animal, farms, farmers, and earth).
Putting #2 aside for today, how does consumption of organic food affect our personal health? This issue can be broken down to two parts as well:
1.1 pesticide and herbicide residue in conventional produce, and its health effects on humans.
1.2 nutrient quality of an organic fruit or vegetable vs. its conventional counterpart.
There’s no doubt organic produce is “cleaner” from a pesticide perspective, but scientists are still arguing whether the residue levels are sufficient to cause harm, especially in young children. Many parents don’t want to take any risk.Regarding nutrient quality, researchers will bicker over this point ad infinitum as well. Keep in mind, organic produce is sold fresher than conventional, especially at farmers’ markets. That in itself provides a higher nutrient level (not to mention superior taste).The organic vs. conventional argument become moot when zooming out and looking at nutrition with a wider lens. Most people simply don’t consume enough vegetable and fruits. The benefit of consuming produce is much higher than the risk of disease from pesticide residue. If you can afford it, there doesn’t seem to be a downside to organic produce. If you can’t, don’t worry about it too much. If you have a little extra budget, go organic for thin skinned fruit, leafy greens, and strawberries, which tend to get sprayed more often, and retain more pesticide residue than thicker skinned produce.
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KISS Fact- I try to buy organic eggs always!! Eggs are a great complete food.