Organic Food Wont Make You Healthier

ORGThe other day I was walking through the infamous Whole Foods grocery store and overheard a middle aged man tell his daughter, “This is organic food honey all this food is healthier for our bodies.” And at that moment I thought no it’s not! That apple does not have more vitamins or less than the one I just bought at Cub Foods yesterday. I understand that organic produce is grown with out the use of pesticides, fertilizers and chemicals, and meat with out the growth hormones and antibiotics. But solely eating organic food doesn’t make you a healthier than people who don’t eat organic all the time. The evidence is not sound and its a commonly mis judged topic that people believe eating organic will make them healthier.  Behind The Headlines <– Check out this cite for more information.

Federal law claims that, any product with “organic” found anywhere on the items packaging or display advertisements, materials has to contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients. And there are many different labels USDA, 100% organic, and made with organic all with slightly different meanings. Washington post does a decent job in explaining the differences weather slight or pronounced there are dissimilarities in the names Washington Post (Down below) 

  • 100 Percent Organic” products must show an ingredient list, the name and address of the handler (bottler, distributor, importer, manufacturer, packer, processor) of the finished product, and the name and seal of the organic certifier. These products should contain no chemicals, additives, synthetics, pesticides or genetically engineered substances.
  • “USDA Organic” products must contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients. The five percent non-organic ingredients could include additives or synthetics if they are on an approved list. The label must contain a list that identifies the organic, as well as the non-organic, ingredients in the product, and the name of the organic certifier.
  • “Made With Organic” products must contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients. The label must contain a list that identifies the organic, as well as the non-organic, ingredients in the product, along with the name of the organic certifier

Don’t get me wrong eating organic does have its benefits. Here is a chart from  which explains some fruits and vegetable that higher and lower pesticide ratings. This is great because if you want to make your dollar stretch you can by searching for foods that are lower in pesticides, and be able to buy organic while making your dollar last a little further. Being able to pick and choose can be beneficial when trying to save money.

Fruits and vegetables where the organic label matters the most
According to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that analyzes the results of government pesticide testing in the U.S., the following 12 fruits and vegetables have the highest pesticide levels on average. Because of their high pesticide levels when conventionally grown, it is best to buy these organic:
  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Grapes (imported)
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Strawberries
Non-organic fruits and vegetables with low pesticide levels
These conventionally grown fruits and vegetables were found to have the lowest levels of pesticides. Most of these have thicker skin or peel, which naturally protects them better from pests, and which also means their production does not require the use of as many pesticides.
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Corn (sweet)
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Onion
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Peas (sweet)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
I love buying organic when I can afford it but don’t believe that organic foods will make you healthier. Know the difference between labels when you are looking for organic foods. Personally, understanding the differences helps me choose weather or not I’m willing to spend the extra money, or when it is and isn’t worth it. Just know that  buying organic isn’t as black and white as it may seem. Lastly, I’ll leave you with this CBS Report that goes into some research about the cost of eating organic and some of the research that was done to determine weather eating organically is really detrimental to an individuals health. Organic is a good thing but to maintain a healthy life style, more has to go into it than just eating organically.

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