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How Safe Organic Foods Are

10 Mar

Many people are trying to take better care of their health. The popularity of organic foods has come as a result of people’s desire to eat foods that are free from dangerous chemicals and pesticides. Organic foods are produced without using chemical fertilizers and synthetic pesticides. These foods are produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for the future generation. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics and hormones for growth. It is produced without using conventional pesticides, fertilizers made from synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering or ionizing radiation.

When we think about a healthy diet for our children, then organic food is the best because it does not contain preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colorings,   flavorings , monosodium glutamate, hydrogenated fat, and phosphoric acid, all of which are associated with hyperactivity in preschool children. Small children are susceptible to pesticides as the immune systems are still developing in them. Studies have proved that children who ate conventional food had higher level of pesticides but the level of pesticides was low in the children who ate organic foods comparatively.

The immune system of old people and patients who are suffering diseases such as cancer, liver problem, kidney failure etc becomes week. Negligence in their diet can lead to some other complications. Eating organic foods is good for their digestive system as well as overall health.

Pregnant ladies and their fetuses benefit even more from organic foods. During pregnancy, the immune system of the ladies weakens and they are more vulnerable to pesticides. In some cases pesticides can pass to the fetus in the womb of the mother, directly adding stress to the developing fetus. Sometimes it passes to the baby through breast milk. For these reasons organic foods are much safer option.

Organic foods are grown and processed using a particular set of farming practices that eliminates chemicals, while helping the environment by conserving water and nurturing soil. Organic agriculture can be better for the environment as it reduces pollution and conserves natural resources. Natural fertilizers are used instead of harmful chemicals. The environmental benefits of organic farming are tremendous and are probably in fact its biggest selling point. Organic food does not involve poisoning rivers, lakes, soil and the air. Hyperbolic this may sound but extensive pollution of the environment is exactly what the conventional farming does.

Conventionally raised live stocks are full of antibiotics and growth hormones that are transmitted to the milk, egg, poultry and meat we consume. The use of hormones and antibiotics (unless illness is present) is restricted in organic live stocks.medifast 5

Some researchers think that organic food is healthier. This especially applies to fresh produce. The pesticide, fungicides and chemical fertilizers used in conventional farming are not great addition to our food. With organic food you have to just rinse off the soil in clean water.

Many people say that organic food is much tastier than conventional food. This is sometimes true but not necessarily. Organic eggs sometimes taste better because the hen eats amore varied diets. At the same time, organic foods does not look appealing than the conventional food.

Many researchers say that organic food does not necessarily mean healthier. They believe that organic and conventional foods are virtually the same in vitamin content. People may choose organic foods over conventional foods from environmental concern or taste preferences. But when it comes to nutrients and vitamins points of view, they are almost the same.

Many researchers argue that organic methods of farming can just be as dangerous as conventional use of chemicals, pesticides, and insecticides. For example, manure used as an organic fertilizer may increase the risk of E coli bacteria on food products. This can lead to abdominal pain, diarrhea and other condition related to food poisoning. Do not be fooled by the food products that are leveled “All Natural”. This does not mean the foods are organic.  Another general concern is the public’s perception of food products labeled ‘organic’ as being healthy, without reading nutrition labels to determine the sugar, sodium, fat and calorie. People commonly think that ‘natural’ is the same as ‘organic’, when there is no clear evidence of higher nutritional value in organic foods. However, markets that specialize in organic foods have opened in many places to meet the need but one unfortunate aspect of organic foods is they are very expensive. Higher price is always there for organic food when it is compared with conventional food.

There are always some disadvantages in everything. In the same way organic food also has few disadvantages. If you plan to eat only organic food then the choice will be limited. Some food stuffs are rarely grown organically at all and others may only be available on the seasons. On the other hand conventional foods are available in all seasons and the cost is less than the organic food.

In conclusion it is better to have both organic and conventional food by not restricting to only one because both have advantages and disadvantages.

 

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