Organic food is grown without synthetic fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, genetically-modified ingredients, irradiation or sewage sludge fertilizer. Organically grown meat have not been fed antibiotics or growth hormones. They are fed only 100% organic feed. Organic food is free from preservatives, artificial sweeteners and colors.
Organic food, however, can cost 57% more than conventional food. It also spoils faster as it contains no preservatives. It also doesn’t contain more nutrients than conventional food, neither does it taste better. You get the exact same nutrients you would a typical conventional lettuce as the next organically grown lettuce.
Is organic food healthier? “Is there definitive scientific proof that an organic diet is healthier? Not yet. Robust scientific studies comparing food grown organically and food grown conventionally don't exist,” said Dr. Chenseng Lu to The Wall Street Journal.
He goes on to add, “Knowing that we could reduce our exposure to pesticides and increase our exposure to antioxidants by eating organic food, it makes great common sense to consume more of it.”
On the other hand, Dr. Janet H. Silverstein argued that there is too little evidence to support buying more expensive organic produce than the conventionally grown.
“Our focus as a society should be to eat as much fresh food and whole grains as possible—regardless of whether it is organically grown or not,” said Dr. Silverstein.
“It may seem like "common sense" to reduce exposure to these chemicals, but there are currently no good evidence-based studies to answer the question,” she adds.
What to do? To eat the more expensive organic produce versus the cheaper yet similarly nutritious conventionally grown food is a continuous debate. What we know for a fact is that children would benefit greatly from eating more fruits and vegetables.
Some food to consider buying organic Organic food is more pricey than conventionally grown produce, so if you have to be selective, here are the 5 items you must buy organic, as suggested by the Environmental Working Group:
1. Apples Apples are sprayed more than 45 different kinds of pesticides. Farmers need to spary various kinds of pesticides because of the abundance of fungus and insect threats on this fruit. Be wary of apple juice and apple sauce as well.
2. Grapes More than 50 different types of pesticides are sprayed on grapes. Even raisins have high amounts of pesticide residue on them.
3. Cucumbers Cucumbers remain among the top contenders for food best bought organic as their skin is found to have more than 80 different types of pesticide. It helps to peel them before consuming or better yet, buy them organic.
4. Lettuce Lettuce has more than 50 pesticides sprayed on it to keep them bug and fungi free. Consider that before tossing some in your family's salad bowl.
5. Milk Even milk has been found to contain pesticides. 4 different types of pesticides are in pasteurized cow's milk. A study by Stanford University researchers discovered that organic milk had higher levels of heart-friendly omega-3 fatty acids. So that's one more reason to buy organic milk.
Sources: March 14, 2015. "Should Kids Eat Organic? The Great Debate". yahoo.com June 16, 2013. "Would Americans Be Better Off Eating a Mostly Organic Diet?". wsj.com Undated. "The New Dirty Dozen: 12 Foods to Eat Organic". goodhousekeeping.com
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A survey by the Organic Trade Commission showed that almost 80% of families in the U.S. are eating organic. 50% say that they believe that it’s healthier for their children.