As the new decade begins, the interest in organic food continues to grow. Over the past 5-6 years, organic foods have been making their way from remote locations to many mass populated grocery store chains. Just about every market across the country has an organic section or an organic option for almost everything in the store. On top of that, stores such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and other health food shops continue to open in more and more places, allowing people the opportunity and option to buy organic food. While organic food may be marginally more expensive than regular food, the benefits are well worth the extra cost.
One major benefit to consuming organic foods is the lack of pesticides and chemicals used to grow and maintain the produce. Fruits and vegetables are grown in healthy soil, which is the foundation of the food chain. Farmers that grow organic food also use clean water on the soil and when watering the produce. Non-organic fruits and vegetables are often grown outside the country, in places like Mexico, where the water is filled with pollutants. Organic fruit and vegetables are filled with up to 50% more nutrients, minerals, and vitamins than intensively farmed produce. With more of these, your body will have and retain more energy, resist diseases better with a more equipped immune system, and keep your body balanced with much lower levels of toxins and chemicals. All told, this means a healthy stomach, a healthy digestive system, and a healthy heart.
Another benefit to eating organic is having organically raised meat and poultry. Generally, these animals are free-range and aren’t fed food with chemicals and growth hormones. This means by eating organic cows, chickens, and dairy products, you are keeping chemicals and growth hormones out of your body as well.
By supporting organic food production, you can help keep organic farms, farmer’s markets, and local communities in business. Organic food is fresh, good for the environment, and most of the time tastes better than non-organic food. Overall, organic food is a much better, safer, and healthier choice for you and your family.