While it’s hardly necessary to go organic all of the time, there’s no denying that when you do choose to opt for organic foods over conventional, there are certainly some health payoffs that come with the decision. Here, long-time personal trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist, Joe Dowdell, sheds a little light on some of those benefits.
You know that opting for organic produce and products while browsing the aisles of your grocery store has been touted as the “healthy” choice, but you also know that like many things, “organic” could easily just be one of those wellness fads that’s here in full force one day, and gone the next. Plus, with a higher price tag and a little less availability, organic food isn’t always the most practical option. But before you totally hang up the idea of going organic, you might want to explore some of the amazing benefits that actually come with making the switch.
It helps you avoid GMO-laden foods.
Okay, so you’ve heard about GMOs, but you have yet to really understand them. Basically, GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are plants, animals, or other living organisms with a genetic makeup that’s been modified using genetic engineering or some form of technology. And as a result of this modification, GMOs have ultimately been linked to infertility, allergies, intestinal damage, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases. Unfortunately, avoiding foods that contain GMOs is next to impossible until you start consuming organic food.
It helps you steer clear of pesticides.
Another issue that comes with consuming GMOs, aside from the laundry list of health risks supposedly linking to the genetic modification, is that GMO fruits and vegetables are treated with pesticides. Those pesticides ultimately produce pesticides within them, hence the genetically modified foods we eat, have pesticides, both in them and on them, which may cause further complications and threats to your body.
It will allow you to consume more nutrients.
Okay, so obviously, going organic will help you steer clear of a lot of the harmful chemicals and potential health risks, but it can also come with a general boost in health by upping your nutrient intake. Research indicates that many organic fruits and vegetables are higher in antioxidants, vitamin C, calcium, iron, chromium, and magnesium than their conventional counterparts, making the switch well worth it.
It’s better for not just you, but the environment as well.
You know those pesticides that seep into your non-organic fruits and veggies? Yeah, well, that’s not the only thing that they end up contaminating. Unfortunately, the pesticides that are used tend to run off with water and end up polluting water supplies. Naturally, that means that drinking water, or the water that’s used on crops, for example, end up getting contaminated as a result.
It tastes way better.
This one isn’t so much a health benefit as it is just a general benefit, but basically, because it isn’t genetically modified, or covered in pesticides (seriously, just the thought of it is pretty gross), organic produce ends up having a richer, more flavorful taste than conventional produce, making it way more gratifying.
Moral of the story: organic is the way that food was meant to be produced. The food that we put into our bodies was never meant to be full of pesticides, hormones, or antibiotics, and they definitely weren’t meant to be genetically modified.
The reality is that most of us already know that non-organic items are potentially more harmful to our health and that eating organic food is better for not just your body, but for the environment as well. So now, it’s just a matter of following through.