Organic Foods are Healthy Foods
Organic Foods are Healthy Foods
Go to any grocery store or market and you will see the word “organic” in many places. It radiates out at you from labels on cans, from signs on shelves, and from many kinds of food packages. You also see it throughout the entire produce department because there are now so many organic fruits and vegetables that it only makes sense to sell them directly alongside their non-organic counterparts.
What’s the big deal about organic?
To answer that, let’s begin with the technical definition from the USDA: “Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.” (Organic.org)
Naturally, there is a lot more to the definition than that, and standards apply to everything from vegetable farmers to people producing organic egg and dairy products to sell. However, let’s just consider the importance of the section of the definition above.
In it, we see that it is food that does not use any sort of synthetic or chemical compound. That tells us that the plants are allowed to really do their “thing” without any artificial influences. So, a tomato may not be as flawless when it reaches a store shelf because it didn’t have a layer of harmful chemicals protecting it, but it is likely to taste better and contain a lot of its natural ingredients.
That means that, generally, organic foods have a better taste, do less harm to the environment, and probably contain more of their naturally occurring compounds and even things like nutrients and vitamins.
Now, this is a controversial topic because there are still a lot of studies to be done. However, if chemicals can trigger plants to behave certain ways and can kill insects that might normally feed on the plants, it is logical to assume that these same chemicals may impair the plant or food from producing its natural compounds.
If you have followed any of the news stories about organic foods, you also know that there is a special list produced each year called the “dirty dozen” and it is a list of the foods that you really must dedicate your dollars to if you are trying to eat healthy foods. Because organics cost more than non-organic produce, it is frequently a case of which foods someone can afford – and so this list helps people to know just where they can reduce their risks most effectively.
Does this mean you can just use such a list and ignore the rest? No. You should try to purchase organic foods as often as possible. This is to guarantee that you get the most nutrition for every penny you spend. It is also to guarantee that you don’t offset the benefits of your organic food choices by eating things that pose a challenge to health.
As an example, you don’t want to purchase only organic produce and yet consume large amounts of grains, seeds, dairy, meats, etc. that are not organic. All of these foods also have nutrients your body requires, and you will always want to eat them. However, you also want them to be the very best possible – and organic is the way to go.
Now, a lot of people are not even aware of the fact that there are organic nuts and other foods such as grains or dairy. These appear just as often as more traditional products, and usually right alongside one another on store shelves.
Currently, though, you may find that online resources provide a wider range of choices where your pantry staples are concerned. Take organic nuts as a prime example. You want to have nuts and seeds in the daily diet because of their super food status. However, you want them to be of the highest quality possible in order to play a key role in your healthy eating choices.
You may not easily find organic nuts on store shelves, and the Internet can then become a major ally. You can visit sites like our Caju Company website that sells top quality organic cashews. These nuts are a good example of the ways that organic foods become such healthy foods.
Our company sources cashews from one country, relies entirely on small farms, hand sorts the nuts purchased, and then roasts them in small batches under ideal conditions. The nuts arrive with nutrients intact and as one of the best healthy foods to eat. The buyer can rest assured that their choice has not only nurtured the small farms, but also supplied them with a high fiber, high protein, low fat, and top quality food that is not full of harmful compounds.
As a single example, organic cashews from Caju illustrate just why it is so important to add organic foods to the diet as much as possible.
Organic.org. Organic FAQ. Organic.org. 2014.