These days, eating organic is all the rage, but what does that even really mean? To put it simply, eating organic means you strive to eat only (or at least mostly) food that has been labeled “organic.”
That term means different things for different types of food. For plant-based foods, likes fruits and veggies, an organic label means they were grown in safe soil, not subjected to synthetic pesticides, were not modified in any way, and were not used in conjunction with sewage-based fertilizers or petroleum-based fertilizers.
As for meat products, the animals from which the products were derived must have been given organic feed, not received antibiotics, and not received growth hormones in order to obtain the organic label.
Studies have shown that those who eat mostly or only organic foods benefit in many ways, as detailed below.
Benefit #1: Fresh Taste
You’ll be happy to know that one of the big benefits of eating organic foods is that they often taste better and fresher than their non-organic counterparts. That’s because they’re not full of preservatives intended to make them keep for longer periods of time and which often weigh down and muddle the taste. Many people also believe that your body can absorb more of the nutrients and “good stuff” in the food when preservatives aren’t added into the mix.
Benefit #2: Antioxidant Power
Many good-for-you foods contain natural antioxidants, which can help boost your immune system and improve your overall health and well-being. However, studies have shown that organic foods tend to have more of an an “antioxidant impact,” meaning that when you eat antioxidant-rich organic foods, you’ll benefit more than if you’d just eaten antioxidant-rich non-organic food.
This is believed to be because there are no foreign chemicals capable of negatively interacting with and limiting the antioxidants. Whatever the reasoning behind it, going organic can improve your antioxidant uptake and thereby reduce your risk of sickness, cancer, cognitive malfunction, heart disease, vision problems, premature aging, and more!
Benefit #3: Reduced Cancer Risk
As mentioned, eating organic foods with lots of antioxidants can lower your cancer risk, but organic food can actually do that whether it has antioxidants or not. See, non-organic foods are often sprayed with pesticides to keep bugs away, and research has shown that many commonly used pesticides increase people’s risks of developing leukemia, breast cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma, and more. That’s pretty scary, right? Don’t take that kind of risk with your health if you don’t have to; choose organic!
As you can see, there are many wonderful benefits to choosing to eat organic. To experience them yourself, make organic foods a part of your diet, or better yet, make them the only part of your diet. Even if your goal is just to lose weight, it certainly isn’t going to hurt if you get healthier in the process!