When Organic Rhymes with Ecological
Posted by Geneviève Nadeau on Jul 09, 2012 | Food And Nutrition
Eating organic food is no longer a matter of being trendy – it is a choice and a responsible action that contributes to the health of our planet. One could even go further and argue that opting for organic products constitutes an “ethicalˮ choice from an animal health standpoint. As for our own health, is it improved by consuming organic products? Discover the benefits of this new life diet!
The facts on organic food
Organic product sales at retail have seen a 28% growth between 2005 and 2006 in Canada! This popularity could be due to the fact that many products proudly display their “bioˮ certification. Behind that label lays a series of complex steps taken by farmers, as well as meat, poultry, and milk producers alike. No fertilizers, no pesticides and no antibiotics… Just imagine the financial risk for these producers!
It is partly for that reason that prices can sometimes be higher for organic products: more precautions have to be taken to ensure the quality of the products and to secure a satisfactory return.
More Natural = Healthier?
Many believe – wrongly – that bio food is always more nutritious. Scientific studies conducted on this subject contain several flaws. We thus cannot state that all organic products carry more vitamins or minerals than conventional products, nor can we even say that they are more beneficial to our health. They are, however, undeniably better for the environment. Soil, subterrarean water, and biodiversity (birds, insects) are better protected by agricultural biology.
Eat in peace!
Consuming fruits or vegetables cultivated with pesticides worries you? Be sure to rinse them with tap water and to clean them with a vegetable brush before you eat them. That way, you will take out a major part of pesticide residue. Did you know that the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental organization, published a list of fruits and vegetables that are more likely to be contaminated by pesticides? When you have the option, go for the organic version of the following products: peaches, apples, peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, cabbage, lettuce, grapes, carrots, and pears.
For their part, onions, avocado, mango, asparagus, brocoli, and peas figure on the list of the 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables. There is no longer any excuse to avoid brocoli!
Don’t leave a footprint…
Take care of your environment by also opting as often as possible for food originating from close to your home. By doing so, you will contribute to reducing pollutants stemming from transportation. In any case, if you choose organic products, it is better to pick those that are the least transformed and the most natural, with as few alimentary additives as possible. The delicious organic Maranatha nut butters are a prime example. All in all, a boost to your health!