Since it’s #OrganicWeek, we couldn’t resist the urge to talk about the advantages of choosing organic food! We at GURU obviously place a lot of importance on natural products, which is why we created the world’s first natural and organic energy drink back in ’99. Here are what we believe to be the top 10 reasons to transition to a more organic diet.
1. No Pesticides or Herbicides
Pesticides and herbicides are types of poisons. Even though they may only remain on fruits and vegetables in small amounts, they are still there. Nearly all pesticides work by damaging the nervous system. So, if you eat foods that were grown commercially, it is likely you are ingesting some neurotoxins, even if only in minimal amounts. When you eat organic foods you get the peace of mind that comes with eating something grown 100% naturally.
2. Better Nutrition
Studies have shown that organic food is more nutritious. One study, reported on by Organic.org, showed that organic fruits and vegetables contain 21.1% more iron, 27% more vitamin C, 29.3% more magnesium, 13.6% more phosphorus, and 18% more polyphenols than conventionally grown produce.
3. Great Taste
Healthy soil and plants make food that naturally tastes the best. Fruits and vegetables tend to taste much more vibrant and strong if they are grown organically, especially when eaten in season.
4. Higher Quality Meat and Dairy
Conventionally produced meat and dairy products can be loaded with antibiotics and other drugs. If you’re going to eat meat, the best way to avoid both cruelty to animals and unhealthy food is simple: only eat organic and free range meats.
5. Less Chance of Foodborne Illness
Massive outbreaks of foodborne illnesses tend to be from foods produced by agribusiness. Factory farms are a significant source of drug-resistant infections. The best way to be safe from foodborne illness is to choose organic foods grown on small to medium sized farms.
6. Support for the Farming Community
The majority of produce and animal products are produced by a small number of huge plants and manufacturing locations, while small rural farmers are being pushed out of the market. Their products may be of a much higher quality and standard, but the focus is on mass produced, cheaper produce. Shopping organic helps to support the smaller farmers who rely on farming for their incomes, which in turn supports the local economy and job creation in your local community.
Organic farmers are often on the cutting edge of science as they are required to find ways to produce high quality foods without the use of chemicals. These farmers often do their own research using their own funding. Finding ways to produce high quality, chemical-free food is better for the environment, for consumers and for the farmers as well.
8. Water and Organic Food
Because there are no chemicals used in the production of organic foods, there is no potential for damaging chemical runoff impacting our water supply. Eliminating the presence of these chemicals will make our entire environment healthier.
9. High Standards
Organic foods have to meet extremely high standards to qualify to be called organic. The strict certification process is designed to make sure the public is clear that the food was grown in the proper way as well as handled and processed in the ways in which the certification standards recommend, ensuring that you are getting the best possible food, free of potentially harmful chemicals.
10. Better for Your Conscience
By now, it’s clear that eating organic is better for your health, better for animals raised on organic, free-range farms and better for the environment. So do yourself a favor and make organic food as big a part of your diet as possible. Not only will your health benefit, but so will the rest of the world.