Embracing holistic health with quality organic foods benefits
Many question whether the “organic food trend” is sustainable or merely a passing phase in the “go green” movement. Organic foods and organic farming offer so many benefits – to consumers, animals, farm workers, and to our environment – that this may well be the only way we can begin to reverse the severely negative impact of heavy industrial agriculture. Research studies indicate that organic foods taste better and contain higher levels of nutrients. But the current demand for organic chicken, organic meat, organic eggs, and organic dairy is not just about better taste and nutrition – it is also driven by serious concerns for our environment and the cocktail of harmful chemical residues in non-organic produce.
Today’s society and its hectic pace have a direct impact on the types of food we include in our daily diet. The unhealthy preference for junk foods is rampant among young people, while quick-fix convenience meals and preservative-packed frozen foods are the norm. Most of the “convenience” foods are packed with additives, preservatives, and other chemicals, while residual pesticides in non-organic foods end up in our bodies and have harmful effects on our general health. Organic foods have an important overall health benefit for all human age groups, particularly for babies, as well as for our pets. Here are just a few:
Pure and wholesome food intake
Organic food is “pure” food, completely free of hydrogenated fats, artificial colors, additives, and preservatives that are found in non-organic food, particularly in processed and fast food. Organic food gives you wholesome nutrition, free of the harmful chemical residues you inevitably ingest in non-organic food:
Organic meat, organic chicken, and organic eggs contain no residual antibiotics, growth hormones, or BSE.
Organic dairy products have no chemical or rBGH hormone residues.
Organic baby food has no artificial chemicals, additives, or preservatives.
Organic pet food contains no additives, preservatives, animal byproducts, or hidden starches to add bulk.
Organic foods are more nutritious because they are richer in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.
Organic chickens are raised on organic feed and given access to scratch yards – organic chicken contains higher levels of cholesterol-lowering “good” fats (polyunsaturated fats and Omega-3 fatty acids) more Vitamin A, a higher meat-to-fat ratio.
Organic eggs contain higher levels of Vitamins A, B, and D as well as yellow and orange carotenoids.
Animals for organic meat and organic dairy production are raised on certified organic feed and on pastures that are also certified organic – organic meat and organic dairy have higher levels of vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and metabolism-boosting conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
Soil conservation and crop rotation used in organic farming yield fruits and vegetables that have up to 50% more nutrients than intensively farmed foods. Fruits and vegetables used in organic baby food contain more vitamins, minerals, and nutrients needed by the body, including vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Organic pet food contains human-grade organic meat and seafood (instead of animal/fish offal) and is nutrient-dense.
Lower potential health risks
Non-organic foods grown with chemicals retain significant amounts of residues that pose a number of health risks. For example, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 60% of all herbicides, 90% of all fungicides, and 30% of all insecticides have cancer-causing potential. These chemical agents have also being linked to birth defects, behavioral disorders, obesity, and Alzheimer’s disease. Organic foods contain no chemical residues and significantly reduce potential health risks that could have long-term consequences.
A diet of organic food drastically reduces the risk of exposure to contaminated foods and chemical intake, with better immunity to disease and illness. Organic meat and dairy have significantly higher levels of disease-fighting antioxidants and also contain higher levels of many disease-preventive essential vitamins, including Vitamin C. A stronger immune system protects against infections and disease.
Prevention of allergies
Today, noticeably more people, epecially children, are allergic to a number of foods. As organic food contains no additives (except government-approved vitamin B and iron) or chemical residues, an organic diet significantly reduces the risk of allergic reactions in both adults and children. Organic pet food is often the simplest way to cure skin ailments and allergies in dogs and cats.
Healthier body weight
There are strong indications that organic foods help maintain normal and healthier body weight. This may partly be because these foods already contain all the nutrients needed by your body, making you feel less hungry and less prone to unhealthy food cravings. Organic pet food is also nutrient-dense, which means your pets eat less to feel satiated, avoiding problems of unhealthy weight gain.
More positive outlook
Reports from people who have switched to organic foods indicate a positive effect on temperament and outlook. Many report sleeping better and feeling more energetic and vibrant – probably because to be healthy is to be happy! A positive outlook inevitably includes greater efficiency and productivity in whatever you do, which includes your interaction with your family and friends, leading to a happier, healthier personality.
The “feel good factor” of good karma
If you are aware of the many harmful ingredients in non-organic food, the ravaging effects of non-organic farming on the environment, and the inhumane treatment of animals and poultry on non-organic “factory farms,” going organic gives you the ultimate health benefit. It’s that unique “feel good” factor of mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. By eliminating the harmful effects of non-organic food, doing your bit for the environment, and supporting the ethical and humane treatment of animals and poultry, you are in tune with nature, with the best in your world. What can beat that feeling?
To learn more about the specific benefits and additional nutrients in specific organic foods, browse through the relevant sections of our website:
Organic baby food
Organic pet food
Organic food standards