When visiting your favourite supermarket we reach for the same fresh food every week. If you’re like me you’ll trowel through the shelf for that ‘perfect’ shaped or coloured broccoli, yet the one you really want is in a different punnet next to it with the word ‘Organic’ written upon it . You then compare the price from the broccoli that you basically dug out from China to then missing a heartbeat and then just walk on to the Asparagus where the routine repeats itself once again.
So what I want to know is if going Organic really is worth it? Well it must be if there’s such a price difference surely? So, after unpacking my weekly grocery shop, I logged on to my laptop and did a few hours research on Organically farmed food in comparison to the ‘new age’ standard farmed crops. Just from three hours, my grocery list has suddenly changed for next week …
Nutrients: Organic foods actually include more nutrients than those that aren’t. By not being over-fertilized, organically farmed fruit and veg come in smaller portions but are packed with more antioxidants. According to the Soil Association: “A switch to consuming organic crops would allow a 20-40% increase in antioxidant consumption” This is equivalent to one to two of your five-a-day without the additional calories you would consume from eating another portion.
Pesticides: As you know, pesticides are sprayed on large quantities of farmed food to prevent bugs and insects contaminating the crops. But did you know that levels of Cadmium, a toxic heavy metal that’s found in cigarettes, are twice as high in standard farmed foods. Research has proven that Cadmium increases blood pressure, bone damage and memory loss.
Fat-Burn: Fat burning compounds are 12% higher in organic food than conventional crops. Research from Newcastle University shows that because of this consuming organic food could actually make you live longer due to the lack of weight gain that relates to eating organically.
Immunity: Organic food contains 6% more vitamin C, which is needed to fight off bacteria and keep your body illness-free.
If the above hasn’t got you thinking twice, then read on …
1)Meat: Without the exposure to growth hormones and antibiotics, organic meat is less likely to spread diseases and cause resistance to antibiotics.
2)Apples: Did you know that these are top of the ‘dirty dozen’ list!? Non-organic apples have more pesticide residue than any other fruit or veg. The Environmental Working Group found out that pesticides were found on 98% of 700 washed apples
3) Spinach: Conventional farmed spinach typically carries around 50 pesticides on its leaves.
4) Milk: Drinking organic milk means you don’t risk drinking pesticide residue or get exposure to antibiotics.
5)Tinned tomatoes: The lining of tins often contains BPA, which stops metal contaminating food. Although this sounds good, it can also disrupt hormones like oestrogen and has been linked to health problems such as heart disease and diabetes.
Overwhelmed? I sure am! I’ve even been put off Apples – my favourite fruit! But after researching Conventional and Organic Farmed Foods, I now miss a heartbeat when looking at the cheap broccoli in the punnet next to the one I just picked up off the top with the word ‘Organic’ upon it.