Since the organic lifestyle has expanded and grown there have been a lot of questions of it really being healthier than non-organic foods. I think the best way to break this down means that you must first understand what “organic” means. Simply it means the the food is derived from organic soil, to have the USDA Organic Seal it means something a little more specific.
“The USDA has identified for three categories of labeling organic products:
100% Organic: Made with 100% organic ingredients
Organic: Made with at least 95% organic ingredients
Made With Organic Ingredients: Made with a minimum of 70% organic ingredients with strict restrictions on the remaining 30% including no GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
Products with less than 70% organic ingredients may list organically produced ingredients on the side panel of the package, but may not make any organic claims on the front of the package.”
Now that you know what it means to be organic we can specify why it is better for you over non-organic foods. There haven’t been any reliable studies but that doesn’t mean that you can’t see a difference. An apple that is organic has less chemicals and pesticides than an apple that is non-organic. That means less chemicals and pesticides in your and your family’s bodies. If you wouldn’t take a spoonful of those chemicals why would you eat them in an apple? Organic foods also tend to hold more of the raw nutrients that we eat healthy for. An estimated 40% more nutrients are retained in organic foods over non-organic foods. That means not only do you consume less chemicals but you also gain more nutrients, what more could you want?
The price maybe higher but your family’s health and safety is well worth the extra pennies.
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