Is Buying Organic Healthier?

Organic food specialists are still relatively thin on the ground. However, they are gaining popularity and becoming more common.

We’re typically conditioned to believe that organic food is better for us than conventional food, simply because. For many of us, the labelling used on organic food translates into the idea in our heads that it possesses qualities that contribute to our health in a way that regular foods don’t. In other words, they’re ‘super-foods’.

Comparing nutrients

Recently, a review of studies appearing in the British Journal of Nutrition came to the conclusion that organic food is richer in antioxidants than non-organic food. It is also said to be lower in a toxic mineral called cadmium. However, until this, the consensus developed by research said different.

Behind the Scenes
Behind the Scenes

Clearly, more studies are required for researchers to come to a scientific accord. But as we’ll explore, the manner in which organic food is bought, sold and utilized, does create health opportunities of its own. What has now become conventional grocery shopping comes with its nutritional hazards.

Packaged ready meals, which adorn the shelves of supermarket shelves, offer convenience and apparently good value.

But they’re often much higher in added salt and sugar, and perhaps even more calorie-dense than a dish we’ll create in our own kitchen from scratch. Buying from organic farm shops typically entails buying fresh produce to cook meals ourselves, which is generally a healthier practice than eating packaged meals.

Comments (4)

  1. In addition to the above, which we might term as health benefits indirectly associated with organic food, the practices used in developing organic produce do make it healthier in direct terms too.

    1. With this in mind, organic shops provide a shopping environment in which shoppers are less prone to temptation and bad choices.

    2. The added benefits of visiting organic food outlets is that their junk food quota will be infinitely lower than on offer in large supermarkets (where occasionally such foods might even be featured in a promotional offer).

  2. This because we’ve got our hands firmly on the sugar and oil dispensers during the cooking process. So where buying organic means buying fresh (and it often does) it is healthier.

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