Weighing in on Organic…and your health…

In the post What Is Good Health Worth To You?

We delved into the fact that food has lost it’s nutritional value over the past several decades. Getting our recommended daily servings is just not enough anymore. In fact some of our produce has lost 50% of it’s vitamin and nutrient content.

So, I decided to look into Organic Vs. Non-Organic to see if there was a marked difference. There is a big difference in price, purchasing all organic can increase your grocery bill 50%. But is there a big difference in other areas?

Nutritional Values…

There are many studies comparing the nutritional values, and I was very shocked to find that as far as vitamin content, there is not enough difference to sway consumers either way. (You can find a study here or there stating that organic is better, but in large comprehensive studies the difference is negligible.)

Chemical Usage for fertilization and pesticides…

One of the big reasons, that I have heard, in favor of purchasing Organic is the lack of  chemicals. As I dove into researching Organic vs. Non-Organic I learned that this was a myth. Organic Farmers may not use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, but most use natural chemicals to achieve the same results…only the natural chemicals are needed in much higher doses. Although these are not synthetic/man-made products they are not safe for human consumption. There are Organic Farms and Farmers that do not use any types of fertilizer or pesticide, but these are rare, and not often found in your Supermarkets.

Other Synthetics…

Organically produced food differs from Non-Organic markedly here, Organic Products do not use these:

  • antibiotics
  • artificial growth hormones
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • artificial dyes (made from coal tar and petrochemicals)
  • artificial sweeteners derived from chemicals
  • genetically engineered proteins and ingredients

This is the list that concerns me…and these are not present in Organic Produce. Animal Protein Products are also a concern. Non-Organic meat and dairy products can contain antibiotics and growth hormone. Neither are good for the body. But Organic meat is higher in fat, especially trans-fat. Once again, we are at a crossroad, there is no clear cut answer for the masses.

Is Organic better for you?

In some cases-yes, in some-no, and in others-it does not make a difference. So, at this time…there really is not an over-all answer to the question…”Is the benefit of Organic Food worth the price?”

What can you do now?

*Look for milk labeled RbGH-free (Hormone)
*Choose foods that are free of artificial colors and flavors
*Steer clear of high-fructose corn syrup

*Wash vegetables and fruit with a vinegar wash:  Mix 3 parts water to 1 part white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on produce to get rid                                       of pesticide residue. Rinse with water.

Or soak:  Fill bowl with water and add white vinegar (from 1/8 to 1/2 cup vinegar depending on size of bowl). Put produce in the bowl and let soak for 15 min. Rinse well with water.

*Visit local farm-markets

*Grow your own produce and purchase local meat and dairy

*Eat less meat and dairy

*Choose to buy organic when purchasing the items most likely to have pesticide/insecticide residue. Click here for comprehensive list.

*If you cannot afford fresh or it is not in season, go with frozen instead of canned

 I was not able to answer the question…concretely.

So…if lack of sufficient nutrition is creating these life threatening diseases, as we pondered on in the last article: What Is Good Health Worth To You?   At this point it is not clear how to stop those diseases from finding their way into your body. Eating better can help, but eating better may not be enough. Next article I will start getting you some answers, instead of giving you more to question.

 

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Check out these articles to fact check this post:

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/science-sushi/2011/07/18/mythbusting-101-organic-farming-conventional-agriculture/

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/science-sushi/2011/08/15/organic_myths_revisited/

http://www.cncahealth.com/health-info/general/declining-nutrition.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robyn-o/organic-food-vs-conventio_b_1857802.html

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