There was a time when only the most dedicated health nuts sought out hard-to-find organic foods, made without pesticides, chemicals or other toxic substances. At first it seemed extreme, but these days every supermarket has an organic section, and whole stores are stocked with completely natural options. Is it a rip-off, or does it make a difference?
The Raw Food News reported that organic foods now represent 5% of the total food market, almost forty billion in sales, and that 78% of that food is purchased at conventional supermarkets. So, it seems that many people have already decided to buy into the concept of organic eating. Are they over-reacting, or is there scientific data that shows that organic food is better for you?
In a 2014 study conducted at Newcastle University, it was discovered that organic farming required less chemical pesticides because the foods had a naturally high level of anti-oxidants, which innately protected the foods. The introduction of chemical agents reduced the plant’s natural ability to protect itself, which makes sense, but now this research project shows that the science indicates that it is true.
The Swedish Environmental Research Institute studied a family who did not eat organic food to track the presence of the chemicals in the foods that remained in their bodies – they discovered evidence that the family had residues of insecticides, fungicides and other poisons in their bodies. Then, they changed their diet to all organic, and in only two weeks all traces of the toxins were gone.
Could it really work that quickly? The testing on the bodies of this family was conclusive, at least in this case. Will it work for you? Just think about the common sense – if you’re putting in bad stuff, some of it will stick, and if you stop putting in the bad stuff, there’s nothing to stick and your body can work on cleaning up instead. It seems logical enough – and amazingly, the prices on organic foods have come down so it’s about the same or just a little more, well worth the difference if you want to avoid poisoning yourself and your family.
The chemicals often found can cause horrible health conditions over time, like cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, autism, and disruption of your brain and nerve system, reproductive organs and even your breathing.
What are some of the reasonably priced foods you can start to replace with organic brands? Some of the worst offenders are corn and wheat products, so you can start by asking your grocer for organic corn, bread and pasta. They taste the same or better, cost only a little more, and you’d be doing a tremendous favor for your family.
Organic potatoes are another important food staple that is priced about the same but offers a better quality of nutrition. Choosing organic carrots, celery, apples and grapes will also make a big difference in the toxicity of the foods you eat.
These foods all offer the same or an even better eating experience, but without the nasty stuff in your diet, which can potentially make you sick over years of taking it in – and if you spend the same years eating cleaner food, the logic is unmistakable, your body will be cleaner and have less toxicity, and a better chance for good health and better quality of life into an older age.
Science points towards it, and common sense backs it up – eat organic, eat clean, and safeguard your health and the health of your family.