Before we get going, I have to say the most important thing is that you eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, whether they are organic or not. Fruit and vegetables provide fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are all so important for good health and well-being, and eating any is better than none at all.
However, if you really want to feel your best and be at optimum health, as well as know exactly what goes into your food, organic may be the way to go. If you already eat a good diet with plenty of the right foods and still lack energy and suffer from fatigue it may also be worth swapping to organic.
Organic versus non-organic: A few facts:
- Eating foods produced organically means you are getting a higher percentage of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants essential for good health and vitality.
- According to the soil association there are up to 80% more antioxidants, which help prevent early ageing as well as prevent many of today's chronic diseases and illness.
- Heavy metals and chemicals found in non-organic foods have been associated with many of our modern day diseases. What you put into your body ultimately effects your overall health!
-Some conventionally grown products are also genetically modified. The long term effects of GMO foods has not been established but studies on animals are not great and certainly make me avoid eating and giving these to my family. GMO crops are banned under organic standards.
Is it expensive to eat organically?
So, I get it! Organic food, when comparing it with conventionally grown products, can seem expensive. However, I find the best way and most cost effective way to go organic is through delivery companies such as Abel & Cole or Riverford. They might initially seem more expensive but if you are just buying good wholesome food and not paying for packaged products it really doesn't cost any more to eat this way . For example, how much is a couple of boxes of cereal a week, or other jarred foods? I get a medium vegetable box and a fruit box delivered weekly, and an organic meat box every few weeks and it doesn't have to cost any more than you usually spend. My shopping bill is certainly no more than the average weekly spend. I also eat very yummy food. There is also the latest news that Aldi will be stocking more organic wholefood products. Fantastic news! I for one will be checking this out!
Best and worst fruits and vegetables
You can also check out PAN, Pesticide Action Network, which lists the best and worst offenders providing a guide on what ideally should be bought organic and what is safe to buy conventionally at the supermarket. I find this is a handy guide and makes it easier when deciding what to buy organic and what not.
I do feel strongly that eating organic is the best way from a health point of view. There is more and more research being published on how organic produce is of a higher nutritional quality, as well as the fact that they have considerably less potentially harmful chemicals such as heavy metals , pesticides and herbicides. Hopefully the above shows that it really doesn't need to be expensive, and eating organic can really help boost your health and well-being . Remember, ultimately you are what you eat!