Food is really important. That might seem obvious, but when you break it down you can really see just how pivotal our food is. We need it to have the energy to get out of bed each day, to keep our bodies fit, to feed our brains, and of course to enjoy great flavours! When you think of healthy foods, what do you envisage? A balanced diet? Plenty of fruit and vegetables? Limited junk food? These are all of course good food choices, but there could be another way to make sure you are keeping healthy… organic foods.
How does organic food have more nutritional value?
It has been proven that organic food contains greater nutrients such as iron, magnesium and phosphorus than conventionally-grown counterparts. A study carried out by Newcastle University into organic fruit and veg found that antioxidants were between 19 and 69 percent higher in organic food. Such antioxidants like Vitamin C can prevent cancer, heart disease and help build immune systems. Another study concluded that organic milk contained higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids which helps normal biological functioning.
Fred from Close Farm - he has been growing organic veg since 1985!
How does organic food protect you from chemicals?
Many foods that are grown using intensive methods have residual pesticides on them when bought. Glyphosate, a herbicide that is used to kill weeds, is commonly found on non-organic produce. There is mounting evidence that exposure to glyphosate is connected to adverse health impacts and exposure in pregnant women can lead to health complications in babies. Glyphosate can disturb immune and nervous system function, increase cancer risk and developmental issues. Not only can problems like deficiencies in neurodevelopment occur in unborn children (which become a factor in autism and ADHD), but small doses can build up over time and increase health risks in later years too. Environment International has published an article which states that eating mostly organic produce can significantly reduce exposure to neurotoxic pesticides. Switching to organic produce, such as that grown by Living Soil Garden and Augernik Fruit Farm without artificial chemicals, can reduce your exposure and have the added benefits of being rich in micronutrients and minerals!
Flavia and Dario from Living Soil Garden
How does organic food reduce unnecessary antibiotic exposure?
Organically raised animals aren’t given antibiotics that are common in dairy and meat farms. A study found that conventional milk often has residual antibiotics whereas organic milk does not. Even a low exposure to unnecessary antibiotics can upset the normal functioning of the gut and reduce healthy bacteria, making you more vulnerable to illnesses.
Eating organic food is not only great for the environment, but also great for you too. Just as chemicals are bad for the weeds and insects they are designed to kill, they’re bad for us too. Reducing your exposure by eating organic, naturally-grown foods is a great way to live a healthier life.