You already know that organic foods are good for the environment and good for your health. You probably also know about their steep price tag and limited availability. So, are they worth it? This is the question that every now and then we ask ourselves when standing in the middle of a grocery store. Is the organic whole food concept for REAL?
Well we have the answer for you: It depends. Despite several scientific studies investigating whether organic produce is more nutritious than conventional produce, results are inconclusive.
That being said, even if that organic apple won’t give you any extra fiber or antioxidants, it has a separate set of benefits that are worth considering when you’re standing in the grocery store.
Pros of Organic Food
Rather than using pesticides, herbicides, GMOs, or harsh chemicals in the growing process, organic farmers expend considerable effort in producing crops through natural, environmentally sound practices. That means organically grown foods are kinder to the planet and to the health of all plants and animals.
Although the Food and Drug Administration classifies all conventionally grown foods as safe for human consumption, pesticide residue from such foods has been associated with higher risk of conditions such as cancer and compromised immunity.
Organic standards also ensure better animal welfare practices for organic livestock. Animals that are raised organically eat organic feed, have access to the outdoors and are never injected with hormones or antibiotics.