I have been eating Organic Food for a number of years now. I initially started when I was doing some research for my boyfriend who suffers with a poor gut and has an issue with sugars and antibiotics.
The research showed how much better TRUE organic food is as a lot of the food that is in our food chain is produced for the mass market hence injecting animals with unnecessary antibiotics and growth hormones to get them fat quicker. Even our crops have been tampered with and it is really quite shocking. However, beware as not all organic is not what it states especially with the cheaper versions.
Here are some of my findings that I wanted to share with you.
Questions about Illness Prevention
I am going to tackle this topic head on as it is something that has been in debate for the last 50 years plus.
Is Organic Food Good For You?
Organic Food Is Expensive?
Is it really that nutritious?
Can Organic Food really help prevent illnesses?
Plus many more questions.
Since 2014 Newcastle University have been reviewing all published data on the composition differences between Organic and Conventional Crops as well as Meat & Milk. They have now published reviews that show conclusively that not only are there significant nutritional differences between organic and conventional foods but there are also positive associations between organic food and a reduced risk of certain diseases.
Organic crops are up to 60% higher in a number of key anti-oxidants than conventional grown crops. This is equivalent to eating between 1 – 2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables daily.
Nearly 50% lower toxic heavy metal cadmium was found in organic crops. Cadmium is found in the environment and humans are exposed through plant derived food. The need to reduce our exposure is desperate as there are links between a number of health problems and carcinogen.
Nitrogen levels were found to be lower than in conventional crops. The debate continues between the association of nitrate intakes and an increased risk of some cancers.
Conventional fruit has 75% more pesticide traces than organic. The worrying 10% of pesticide residue found on organic crops is related to the spray drift used for conventional crops.
Farms that only solely produce Organic Food/Meat is definitely more likely to be pure and free from pesticides and antibiotics.
Dairy And Meat Products
I do not drink milk nor do I eat any form of diary which is a different topic for another day which I will share with you. However, here are some facts for you with regard to dairy and meat production.
Organic Milk contains substantially more Omega 3 Fatty Acids. These include nearly 60% more nutritionally desirable long chain Omega fatty acids such as EPS, DPA & DHA.
Significantly higher levels of polyunsaturated fat, CLA, Vitamin E and Iron were also found in organic milk.
Omega 3’s are linked with reduction in Cardio Vascular Disease, Improved Neurological Development and better Immune Function.
The soil association states that organic animals have to eat a more natural grass based diet containing high levels of clover. Clover is used in organic farming so that crops and grass grow. Research has found that clover increases omega 3 concentrations in meat and milk.
Organic Meat contains 47% more omega 3 fatty acids and lower concentrations of the undesirable saturated fatty acids. Saturated Fats raise the level of cholesterol in our blood. High levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Analysis has also shown that there are higher traces of Iron and lower levels of copper present.
Therefore: Is The Organic Diet Healthier?
There is growing evidence that eating organically can help with disease prevention, childhood allergies, obesity, certain cancers and pre clampsia in pregnant women.
A comprehensive European study called Human Health Implications Of Organic Food and Organic Agriculture http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/581922/EPRS_STU(2016)581922_EN.pdf lists all the research in this area.
Interestingly, there has also been a huge decline of minerals in conventional food from 1930’s to 1980’s. Minerals are hugely important in our diet for Energy Efficiency, Fertility, Mental Stability and Immunity plus much more.
Calcium – Builds bones and strong teeth
Copper – Required for Red Blood Cells and Haemoglobin
Iron – Maintains corrective Tissue and Blood Vessels and may play a role in cancer prevention.
Magnesium – Helps our muscular and nervous system to function as well as the heart and circulatory system.
Factors That Cause This?
Changes in Crop Varieties – Modern farming chooses products for higher yield over nutritional value. They also choose products that are not prone to damage on the Supermarket shelf.
An increase in use of chemical fertilisers, which depletes the symbiosis of the soil and root systems and can prevent mineral uptake.
Changes in our food systems as vegetables and fruit are transported from around the world and therefore need to be stored for longer.
The Soil Association have printed a trio of booklets, titled Organic versus Non Organic, Fruit & Veg, Dairy & Meat https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/whyorganic/its-nutritionally-different/organic-fruit-veg/ if you wish to find out more.
Have you ever thought how much food on the shelves in Supermarkets is actually unhealthy for you. In my opinion approximately 25% of what supermarkets sell only is fresh and good for you. That does not take into consideration what I think about organic food and you know how much is of that on the shelves!
This subject truly intrigues me and I know the difference that I feel when I eat organic. My boyfriend who is super sensitive with what he eats shows me the difference of organic as opposed to any other foods.
It does mean that our weekly shop whilst is healthy and fresh is definitely twice the price that it would be if we ate normal. However, I want my health and it is hugely important in my life. I believe that our bodies can helps us to prevent illnesses and disease providing we help it along the way.
We all have to make our own decisions and I just wanted to share mine with you on a subject that I feel strongly about.