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Organic v. Non: Our Take

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To buy organic or not?

There have been major debates across the world if buying organic is worth it for the hefty price. For now we can say that based on a study done in the UK, led by scientists at Newcastle University in the U.K, shows that organic foods at the very least do have lower levels of pesticides compared to non-organic ones (some arguments say that washing non organic fruit is equivalent to organic fruit-False).

Top reasons to start buying organic…That maybe you didn’t know!

1.  Animal Safety.  

         Buying from an organic farm benefits the animals around that farm as well! Supporting local and organic farms supports the animals surrounding the area as they will not be exposed to harmful chemicals or pesticides either.

2. Obesity.

      Besides excess sugar, calories and large proportions being the staple of the American diet, could there be something else making us gain weight? Studies show that with the increase of industrialized food and increased preservative use, American’s weight gain has gone up parallel to this. Things called “obesogens” could be leading to weight gain due to the disruption of our bodies natural hormonal pathways that control metabolism and appetite.

3.  Allergies.

         Allergies are on the rise around the world and new studies suggest it could be due to our chemical ridden diet. Exposure to pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals at an early age are linked to allergies and asthma as children and adults. These toxins disrupt our normal balance and could be causing an immune reaction

4. Higher levels of antioxidants

           Research has shown that organic produce can contain 60% more antioxidants that their non-organic counterparts. Studies suggest that because the produce must fight off pests and bugs on their own, without the help of pesticides, they are then much stronger and produce more antioxidants and disease fighting properties in order to protect themselves.

5. Increased risk of chronic diseases

        Studies have shown that exposure to varying pesticides over a period of time are linked to Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, certain Cancers, infertility in women and developmental problems in children. 

In the meantime, if you are making the decision to buy organic or not organic, know this:

There is a list that highlights the most pesticide-ridden foods. The “dirty dozen” is what they have been named. Foods like apples, strawberries, grapes, and celery should be washed thoroughly considering their non-protective coatings. Washing does not fully remove all residues though. Here is the full list of fruits and veggies with pesticide residue data. But on the bright side, there is a list of the cleanest foods we can be choosing! Foods that have thick outer coatings can normally protect themselves from pesticides. If the prices or organic food is stopping you from eating fruits and vegetables, know it is always healthier to choose whole foods from the earth, like fruits and vegetables, organic or not, over processed and preservative laden foods.