Organic Food: Do You Get What You Pay For?

Many people who are trying to eat healthily have heard that eating organic is the way to go but they are hesitant to buy organic because they don’t think they can afford it and maybe its all hype. Well, we are here to tell you that organic food is definitely worth the extra price and here is why:

Organic Food is More Nutrient Dense

Non-organic foods use pesticides to ward off any bugs or diseases that might destroy the crops. Organic foods, however, are grown without using pesticides and the plant actually produces its own natural defence against pests and diseases. This adds nutrients to the fruit of the crop. So buying organic food will give you more vitamins and nutrients.

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A study done by Dr. Charles Benbrook of Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources showed an amazing array of health benefits from eating organically. According to his study, organically grown crops contained anywhere from 17% to 60% more antioxidants than regular crops. Organic crops also contained 69% more flavanones than regular crops. Flavanones can significantly reduce your risk of stroke. And the obvious, pesticide levels, which are basically poisons, are 10 to 100 times more prevalent in non-organic foods.

Let’s look at each food group and break down the pros of buying organically:

Produce

The biggest pro here is the lack of pesticides. Even washing conventionally grown fruits and vegetables cannot take off all the pesticides from them. We already discussed the health benefits of no pesticides.

Dairy Products

First of all, organic dairy cows aren’t pumped up with growth hormones and are fed purely vegetation, no animal byproducts. Second, organic dairy products contain 60% more Omega 3 fatty acids. This is the fat that everyone is raving about its health benefits.

Poultry and Eggs

If you ever look into the living conditions of conventional chickens and what they are fed you’d be disgusted. I don’t want to get into it too much but it involves their own feathers and droppings. Organic chickens are usually free range and eat good healthy grass and grains and bugs and aren’t given antibiotics so they have their own natural bacteria to resist disease, sort of like the produce we talked about. That nutrition is passed on to us.

Beef

Again conventional cattle are not taken care of well. They are also fed antibiotics and nasty food. When you think you are what you eat, then the truth is you are what your food has eaten as well. Grass-fed beef has much more nutritional value.

So, do you get what you pay for?

How much more do you really pay for organic foods? The truth is that if you shop around sometimes you can find produce and dairy for almost the same price. The biggest difference in price is grass fed beef and free range chicken. You can go directly to the source and cut out the middle man markup by finding a local farm and buying a portion of a cow they are butchering and the same can be done for poultry.

The price you pay for organic food is definitely worth it. Can you put a price on your health? Doctor’s can certainly put a price on keeping you healthy. Consider the medical bills you are saving by eating organically. It definitely pays for itself.

Let us know your thoughts on organic food and your favourite places to find them!

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