In America and other parts of the world, Organic Food has started to grow, and it has been more desired due to its better taste and a better impact on the health.
Let us find the truth about organic foods in this article.
In U.S., the food supply has been developed into large scale farms and livestock operations. Contrary to the family operated farms, these new farms use a lot of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, and hormones. Due to this advancement in the technology, every kind of food of available in each corner of the States at very affordable rates. However, these changes in the availability of food have produced a population that is more prone to get chronic diseases as cancer, diabetes and other cardiac diseases.
Let us know about Organic foods now. These foods are grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, ionizing radiation or genetic-modification or chemical pesticides and they promote the soil health and biodiversity. These focus on the usage of non-synthetic pesticides, beneficial insects, organic feed and natural soil replenishment. The organic food is free of hormones and antibiotics. The organic food also maintains or restore the environmental harmony through biological cycles.
There are different labels on the foods. The label “100 percent organic” means that the food has no synthetic ingredients as the word organic denotes that the food item is having a minimum of 95% organic and can use the USDA organic seal. On the food with at least 70% of organic food, the label is “made with organic ingredients.” The other labels like “hormone – free” or “free-range” or “natural” do not suggest that the food is organic.
The myth that organic food is always more nutritious than the other one may not always be true. The nutrient density of the food is due to numerous factors like maturity at harvest, environmental conditions, and soil quality. There are also some health benefits of organic food, but they are not a lot. In organic food, the plants are nourished with less amount of nitrogen and nitrate. Therefore the consumption of dietary nitrates reduces. The higher concentration of nitrates can lead to the development of cancer and are harmful. In some cases due to the polluted groundwater, air or rain, the organic food contains the residues of the previous pesticides and the chemical fertilizers. To prevent this, the organic food should be grown in soil that has not used these sources for more than three years.
The flavor of the organic food is the preferred choice of many people. It tastes better, but the disadvantage is that it has a higher cost. The cost is decreasing now due to the higher demand of the organic foods.
We list below the food that should be prioritized while purchasing organic foods as these tends to have high contaminants:
- The fruits include Apples, Cherries, Peaches, Pears, Nectarines, Strawberries, and Grapes
- The vegetables include Celery, potatoes, Sweet Bell Peppers, Lettuce, Spinach and Leafy vegetables
Below is the list of the food that usually contains less residual pesticides :
- The fruits include Kiwi, Bananas, Pineapples, Mangoes, Papayas, and Avocados
- The vegetables include Asparagus, cabbage, onions, eggplant, sweet corn and broccoli
To reduce your exposure to pesticides and contaminants, remove the peels from fruits and veggies and wash and scrub all the outer leaves carefully.