What we put into our bodies is so important. A really important rule of thumb is eating things that have recently been living. If it has an expiry date of years from now, the chances are it’s going to be higher in things like preservatives, salt, sugar and lower in nutrients. So the fresher the better... but it’s not always that simple because now days Food is heavily spayed with pesticides and herbicides. So we need to be aware of what produce we are buying too. So I’m going to delve into a bit about Organic Food and why it matters.
1. Organic produce contains fewer pesticides. Chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are widely used in conventional agriculture and residues remain on the food we eat.
2. Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic produce is often produced on smaller farms near where it is sold.
3. Organic farming is better for the environment. Organic farming practices reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. Farming without pesticides is also better for nearby birds and animals as well as people who live close to farms.
4. Organically raised animals are NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal byproducts. Feeding livestock animal byproducts increases the risk of mad cow disease (BSE) and the use of antibiotics can create antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Organically-raised animals are given more space to move around and access to the outdoors, which help to keep them healthy.
Organic meat and milk are richer in certain nutrients. Results of a 2016 European study show that levels of certain nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, were up to 50 percent higher in organic meat and milk than in conventionally raised versions.
5. Organic food is GMO-free. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide.
Buying organic can be expensive so I recommend you start shopping at Farmers markets, buy from the dirty dozen (12 fruits and veg that are mostly highly sprayed)