Go Or Not To Go Organic?

Many are going gaga over the organic food fever as evidenced by its rapidly and continuously rising popularity and sales.

Almost all supermarkets and even online grocery delivery sites have their Organic food sections.   During our days, there was no such thing as organic and non-organic food.  All are the same.  They are the same fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, and fish as what we regularly buy.  But with the increasing presence of organic labels on the shelves, will you go with the flow?  What benefit would I get from going organic?  Is it even worth my money?

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What is organic food?

Organic foods are the produced from organic farming.  In organic agriculture, farmers restrict the use of certain synthetic pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals in their process.  


If we are to trace years back, agriculture has always been organic.  Only during this time with too much commercialization happening and mass production of food products, non-organic foods are introduced in the market.  


Why go organic?

Though studies have shown that there is not much difference between organic and non-organic food regarding health benefits, it shows that organic food contains a higher level of antioxidants and certain micronutrients.  Organic food contains no synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, and genetically modified organisms.   Knowing that the food you’re eating contains no such artificial food additives and chemicals, it seems to be a better choice for consumption.  Besides it being healthy and good for the body, it’s also treating the environment well.  

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Organic food is not cheap.   Going natural means compromising and prioritizing your budget, so it is wise to know which is worth your money.   

Here’s a list of 10 organic foods that are worth buying.  These foods contain more pesticides as based on FDA.

  1.  Apples  
  2.  Celery
  3.  Butter and milk
  4.  Cantaloupe
  5.  Cucumbers
  6.  Grapes
  7.  Green beans
  8.  Spinach
  9.  Strawberries
  10. Baby Foods – it’s a given fact that babies are more prone to the effects of pesticides as their immune system and detoxification system is not as developed as that of an adult.  


How can you be sure that what you are buying is organic?

Check the label.  Food labels are showing that what you’re buying is genuinely organic.  The label may either say “100% organic”, “Certified Organic,” or sometimes you can see USDA seal.  Many may think that putting 100% organic on the label can just be some marketing strategy.  False labeling is not common as United States Department of Agriculture is very strict when it comes to organic food fraud.  A penalty is imposed when caught committing this scheme in the organic food industry.    

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Organic restaurants!

Deciding on going organic all the way is quite a challenge especially when you’re a restaurant frequenter as most restaurants are serving pre-prepared unhealthy meals.  But as the organic food industry becomes greatly profitable, some players in the restaurant industry have considered shifting into going organic.  Many restaurants are now catering to those running a busy life and don’t have time to prepare their meals.  Even online meal delivery companies are offering organic pre-cooked, pre-portioned meals.  


Organic foods are beneficial for our health but don’t forget that balanced diet, and healthy lifestyle as a whole is the key.  Going organic is not a lifetime commitment, but staying healthy is.