Why organic foods?

By: Karol Wariala


Co-published by: Salad Cesar. Anyone aware of the amount of chemicals included in highly processed food is aware of the importance and the benefits of organic foods in the first place. When we refer to the difference between conventional and organic food, we don't necessarily imply that between an organic and a non-organic apple. What needs to be insisted on consists in the real benefits of organic foods for health first and foremost.
Organic food represents part of the recommended diet for people who suffer from various chronic conditions like cancer for instance. Even if the nutritional value is not that different between the two trends, the use of chemicals, hormones and pesticides in the production of non-organic foods has an impact on the positive qualities of the product in the first place. Lots of consumer analyses do not insist on the difference in nutrients value, there are studies however that indicate superior characteristics and more benefits of organic foods in the first place.
It seems that among the benefits of organic foods we ought to include more vitamin C, higher levels of trace minerals and plenty of anti-oxidant nutrients. A report issued by the US Department of Agriculture indicates that there has been a significant decline in the minerals levels of meat, dairy and vegetables since 1940 in terms of regular non-organic crops.
The fact that nowadays we store food extensively and we treat and process the products so much contributes to an alteration of the nutritional value.
Surprising benefits of organic foods include the higher content of dry matter. To make this clear, we have to consider the fact that the use of the artificial fertilizers causes the fruits or vegetables to retain more water and thus swell. Thus, there is less food in the form of dry matter in a non-organic apple than in an organic one. Nevertheless, besides the superiority of nutrients, there are other advantages to organic food.
First of all, there are almost no pesticide residues in organic products. Even if conventional food producers say that no health threat can be identified for pesticides, one doesn't have to be all knowledgeable to realize that the ingestion of anything chemical can't be healthy and positive for the body in terms of effects. The benefits of organic foods are over-emphasized at present, with more and more people choosing them instead of conventional foods.
Gradually this high popularity will definitely trigger a shift of the market and even a redefinition of the standards that characterize organic food in the first place.

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