The organic food industry is flourishing like never before. Recently, Whole Foods, the natural-foods giant sold itself to Amazon and it is expected to further expand the industry. As per a survey conducted in 2016, a majority of people go for organic food for health reasons while some do it for they believe it will impact the environment positively. But what does science say about consuming organic food? Here are some of the answers.
Lesser chemicals and toxic metals
Organic foods are grown minus the use of most synthetic pesticides or artificial fertilizers. Note that the National Organic Standard Board permits some synthetic substances to be used. Though the chemicals are considered harmless in the quantities used for traditional farming, health experts say they are injurious to health when used repeatedly.
You might know that the herbicide roundup is considered a likely human carcinogen. Chlorpyrifos, the insecticide has been linked with developmental delays in infants. Studies claim that the residues of pesticides at levels usually found in the urine of kids in the U.S. can add to the prevalence of ADHD, and also reduced sperm quality in adults.
According to the British Journal of Nutrition in 2014 organic crops were less likely to contain noticeable levels of pesticides. They were also 48% less likely to contain cadmium because of differences in fertilization techniques. Cadmium is a toxic heavy metal that gathers in the liver and kidneys.
As per the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, organically grown onions held about 20% more antioxidants than conventionally grown onions. The adjunct associate professor of Nutrition at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Guy Crosby, noted that though the research was done well, this specific study took just one feature of phytochemicals to reveal antioxidants can be improved under organic conditions. If the researchers had chosen to test a different vitamin or mineral, they may have found another result. Antioxidants are especially good for our metabolism system inside the body. Antioxidants in our body are known to prevent cancer, dementia, tumors and disease.
Organic crops grown by a certified organic farmer do not contain GMOs. The way in which GMO foods are produced is of major concern. It is believed to damage the DNA in humans and create alterations.
In an animal study where rats were fed with Monsanto’s GMO corn containing Roundup herbicide, they developed large tumors that blocked their organ function. Both male and female rats were experiencing negative impacts on their health by consuming GMO food but increasing negative effects were seen in female rats.
It is true that organic products are more expensive than conventional ones. Cynthia Sass, a registered dietitian says it is great if you can afford all organic but it’s not possible for most people. If you can’t go totally organic, she suggests you pick foods you consume every day that contain the lowest residues of pesticides from the Dirty Dozen.
Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with allergy problems may derive the most benefit out of organic foods. It is vital for consumers to make educated decisions about why they choose to purchase organic produce. ZanaJuices are organic, and we advocate for the organic movement for your overall health, and the benefit of the environment.