10 Reasons To Eat Organic - Why You Should Be
Eating Organic Foods
all of the hype surrounding organic produce? Is it really worth
the extra expense or is it just another passing food fad? Why do
we as trainers emphasize the importance of organic produce?
If you are wondering why you aren't losing weight,
the answers maybe below. An inside-out holistic approach to your
health provides optimal long term results. By investing a little
extra and buying organic, you are investing in your health, the
environment and supporting small farming communities.
#1. Avoid Hormones & Antibiotics in Dairy
Non-organic dairy cows are given growth hormones, fed pesticide
ridden feed or grain and given antibiotics; all of which we in turn
ingest. The non-organic cows that have had the antibiotic injections
promote the adaptability of viruses to the increasingly stronger
antibiotics, which in turn leads us to need stronger antibiotics
ourselves to fight infections.
"With organic dairy farms, they must achieve
certification that no hormones, antibiotics or non-organic foodstuffs
are delivered to the dairy cows.", said Jonathon D Septor.
Not only is organic dairy better for us, you're also supporting
a system of agriculture that assures the health of both animals
and land and is environmentally sound. Another option is organic
raw dairy which eliminates the heating used on pasteurized or homogenized
products which destroys the enzymes and breaks up the butterfat
into suspended spheres of fat which can cause problems to the arteries.
#2. Avoid Hormones and Antibiotics That Are in
Non-organic poultry are fed antibiotics which aid to create new
strains of bacteria organisms, resistant to current antibiotics
which is creating new problems instead of solving them. Cattle and
sheep are fed in addition to antibiotics, hormones & tranquilizers
(ever wondered why Sunday roasts make you feel lethargic?). The
hormones (usually testosterone and estrogen) are to promote growth;
no small wonder it's hard for people eating non-organic produce
to lose weight. There are 6 different steroid hormones approved
by the FDA for use in food production; steroid hormones are the
ones that are able to stay active in the body when eaten. Some of
the concerns are whether it causes early puberty for girls, breast
enlargement in both girls and boys and affect cancer risks (Cornell
University). Hormone residues in food can increase the risk of breast
cancer and other reproductive system cancers among women and may
promote prostate cancer in men. So instead of eating to nourish
your body, you are eating a product that is potentially giving you
very little nourishment and actually deteriorating your health.
Organic meat is proven to have higher levels of vitamins
and minerals without the risk of ingesting antibiotics & growth
hormones. They also tend to have superior flavor and texture.
#3. Avoid Irradiation
non-organic items of produce are irradiated which alters the genetic
composition. By doing this the food becomes virtually nutrition
less, as vitamins, good bacteria and enzymes are destroyed. Irradiated
food also has chemical byproducts that are proven mutagens and carcinogens.
Organic food isn't irradiated and therefore maintains nutrients
which we can ingest to fuel our bodies effectively, utilizing it's
nutrients to maintain energy levels and improve our overall well-being.
#4. Avoid Pesticides
Organic vegetables, fruits and grains should be a staple in your
diet. Besides being sprayed with pesticides, some non-organic crops
have even been engineered to produce toxins to ward off insects.
Pesticides have caused bugs to build up a genetic resistance which
has caused an increase in crop losses. Researchers don't yet know
the effects on humans of tampering with crop DNA.
While chemical abuse in the US appears to be declining
as some of the more hazardous chemicals are no longer available
to American Farmers, these rules don't apply to trade and imported
produce. Chemicals that have been banned in the US for years are
still being used routinely elsewhere; around 20% of our fruit and
vegetables are imported (Chrys Ostrander). The USDA estimates it
only tests around 1-2% of these for pesticide residues, but these
tests can only detect around 50% of pesticides used worldwide. Recent
testing also still shows the highest level of the most toxic residues
from chemicals, approved by the EVA and FDA, on domestic (US) produce.
The chemicals were approved long before extensive testing linked
them to cancer:
- 60% of all herbicides are carcinogenic
- 90% of all fungicides are carcinogenic
- 30% of all pesticides are carcinogenic
A new federal law will ensure every chemical in use
and proposed for use will be tested to determine its effects on
our health. Why wait for the testing to be conducted when you can
start eating clean, nutrient rich, organic food right now.
#5. Avoid Toxins and Multiple Health Concerns
The toxins in non-organic foods affect us at a cellular level (our
building blocks) and the side effects from eating non-organic produce
include obesity, heart disease, cancer, and reproductive, behavioral
and hormonal disease. In fact, most modern illnesses. Children are
generally far more vulnerable to toxins than adults, so teaching
them good eating habits while they are young helps to establish
their eating habits and to make informed decisions as they grow.
It often takes many years from illnesses associated with toxins
to become apparent, so your food choices as a parent have a huge
impact on your child's future health.
#6. Conserve Air and Water Quality
Organic food doesn't pollute the environment by releasing toxins
like regular farming does. They are also prohibited from being point
sources of nitrate. The problem with non-organic farming using pesticides,
herbicides, fertilizer and soluble solutions is it infiltrates our
surface and groundwater. Dangerous concentrations are consumed in
water supplies by millions of people. Testing of municipal water
systems revealed that the principal sources of drinking water for
around 50% of the population has been infected. The herbicides and
pesticides also get into the air and can drift for miles, many of
which bind to dust particles which we inhale.
#7. Protect The Environment
farmers are legally bound to have a soil building program in place
that prevents soil erosion and/or improves soil quality. They practice
crop rotation; cover cropping and composting which protects the
land. Buying organic supports this movement; as well as biodiversity.
Another cost to us of buying conventional, non-organic products
is that soil erosion costs us around $44 billion a year as they
are prone to use mono-cropping which depletes the soil of its nutrients.
Organic farming also uses less energy as there is less processing
and transportation than in non-organic farming. Many organic farmers
also use alternative and renewable energy sources in their farming.
#8. Decrease Cancer Risks
By eating Organic foods you are avoiding:
- Hormone residues in food that can increase the risk of different
types of cancer.
- Pesticides that are known carcinogens.
- Toxins that affect us at a cellular level.
- Further unknown risks which develop over time and over long
#9. Increase Your Energy
Eating organic foods will help prevent your body becoming overwhelmed
with toxins which are stored in the adipose tissue (body fat). Those
of you who have done a detox or elimination diet, will have recognized
the benefits of eating organic and by continuing to do so, the results
of your hard work can be maintained for longer. You also always
know what you are eating when you buy "organic chicken breast"
for example. It's 100% chicken which is free of antibiotics, hormones
and additives. Compare that to Taco Bell's "Beef". They
currently have a lawsuit against them as their beef only contains
35% beef. So what's the other 65%? Define 'filler'? Is it fat, cartilage,
scraps, cardboard, bone?
#10. Support Smaller Farming Communities and Fair
Buying organic foods supports smaller farming communities, the environment,
public health and animals. For example, many of the chicken farmers
that work for the 4 main suppliers of non-organic chicken are in
huge amounts of debt. They are constantly asked to make expensive
upgrades to their chicken sheds that their income doesn't meet (Food,
Inc). These so called "upgrades" are usually "downgrades"
that deteriorate the life quality of the birds (e.g. taking out
all sources of light).
Organic foods really aren't more expensive as there
are so many hidden costs involved with buying conventional products.
Billions of dollars go into federal agriculture, big company energy
subsides, chemical regulation testing, hazardous waste disposal,
cleaning up environmental damage, illnesses and hospitalization.
Low costs are also a sign that the farm workers did not receive
a fair wage. If you've ever seen the documentary "Food,
Inc." you'll know that illegal immigrant workers are involved.
So the excuse that organic produce is "too expensive"
seems to carry little weight. What's the price of saving on medical
bills and maybe adding years to your health? Compare it to the expense
of non-organic produce to your health and conscience. By eating
organic, we are also supporting the environment by encouraging farming
methods that produce less toxic byproducts, supporting small farming
communities, looking after animal welfare and probably most importantly,
being responsible for our own health by making the right choices
that affect our health from a cellular level not just a superficial
By Eve Dawes