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Organic Food: Pros and Cons

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Organic foods are the big thing right now, and for good reason. They're healthy, better for the environment, and they taste better. That being said, there are plenty of good reasons why some people simply haven't switched over to buying primarily organic ingredients. Let's consider some of the pros and cons of shopping organic.

Cons to Shopping and Eating Organic Food

It Can be Expensive

This is the big one. If you can't afford organic food, then you can't afford organic food. It's a little easier when it's just you, or when you don't have kids, but buying groceries for a whole family can get expensive. When you have a spouse and four kids, you're looking for bulk ingredients and great deals, and that's easier to find when you shop at those giant grocery stores with their artificially sweetened and flavored, genetically modified and bleached products.

It's Demanding

Shopping organic is something of a challenge. You need to be knowledgeable about a number of things in order to effectively shop for organic food. If you don't know how to cook, there aren't a lot of great organic TV dinners and canned items, it's mostly raw ingredients. Even if you do know how to cook, boiling whole wheat noodles is different than boiling white noodles. If you don't know the trusted brands, then you can easily get suckered into buying the same GMO, artificial foods that you'd buy at the supermarket, just at a higher price. If you want to shop organic, then you need to set aside some time to do the research and learn to cook.

Where to Buy?

Even if you have the income and the knowledge, you might not have the access. You can't find organic foods just anywhere. Mass-produced, industrial corn syrup sweetened cereals? Sure. Free range eggs? Maybe not. If you don't have a farmer's market or an organic grocery store within a comfortable distance, then your only option is to drive for several hours each grocery trip, and that's just not practical. This can be offset by farming and homesteading if you live in a rural area, but by and large, if you don't have access to organic markets, then you're not going to be eating organic food.

Spoilage

In an episode of The Simpsons, the family shops at an organic food market, and their food has spoiled between the time they've checked out with the clerk, and the conveyor belt has rolled the food over to the grocery bags. This is an exaggeration for the sake of humor, of course, but without artificial preservatives, organic food does tend to spoil more quickly, which, again, is a concern if you need to buy in bulk for any reason.

Pros to Shopping and Eating Organic Food

All of this being said, there are a lot of upsides, as well:

Your Health

If you have access to organic food, it really is worth the extra time, money and effort, because you're going to feel better and live longer. Consider how fiber differs between organic and mass-produced products. Instant oatmeal grinds oats down into near-powder form, so that the resulting meal is a thin paste, the fiber broken down to the point where it's really of little use to your body anymore. Steel cut oats, like you'll find in an organic store, are bigger, crunchier, and coarser, providing real, useful fiber that will keep your body energized.

The Flavor

Organic food just tastes better. It's not loaded with chemicals, dyes, flavors and sweeteners that affect the flavor. The whole wheat is actually whole wheat. It's not bleached, bland white bread and pasta. If you're tired of chalky, bitter canned coffee, try some fresh-roasted beans from the organic food market. Once you try eating organic foods, you’ll likely find it hard to go back to the bland sameness of supermarket foods.

The Planet

Simply by nature of not supporting GMO-producing mega conglomerates, you're earning a lot of positive karma. Maybe one shopper can't make a huge difference, but as more and more people turn to organic and away from mass-produced junk, the demand will be made clear.

Taking care of yourself and the planet is a big part of what makes the organic food movement so popular, but if we can ignore the moral and ethical implications, let's just consider that organic food really does taste better. Mass-produced foods have convenience and cost benefits over organic foods, but their advantages really do end there. If you have the access and the income, there's little reason not to choose organic

posted Apr 10, 2017 by anonymous

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organic food in pregnancy

During pregnancy, women are usually kept off many types of medications. Hence, it is important to choose healthy and safe foods that boost immunity and minimise risks of infection and other conditions. Organic food is a safe option here because it is made without -

  • Pesticides
  • Sewage sludge
  • Synthetic fertilisers
  • Antibiotics or growth hormones 
  • And many more

 

Benefits of Organic Food

As mentioned above, organic foods are a safer choice for pregnancy because they don’t contain chemicals, pesticide, etc. Along with this, they are not processed or modified genetically. This implies that you have less of toxic residues you in your digestive tracts. As per researchers at Emory University, eating organic foods helped in reducing pesticides level in children drastically.

Choose organic food

How to Choose?

Pick foods that come with a 100% organic label and contains only organically processed additive.

At least 95 percent of the ingredients listed, apart from water and salt, should include organic materials. In total 70% ingredients in the product should be organic.

Anything that claims to contain less than 50% organic materials should be avoided.

organic food in pregnancy

 

What can you eat?

You can choose from an array of fruits, vegetables, pulses, bread, confectionary items, milk, etc. which are produced organically. In particular, organic milk is ideal for pregnant women because it doesn't contain artificial hormones that cows are injected with for higher milk production. 

 

Caution to be exercised

However, not all organic products should be consumed blindly. Apart from fresh fruits and veggies, a lot of organically processed jams, pickles, etc. contain additive chemicals, which are harmful for pregnant women. So read the label carefully.

Also, organic products have a smaller shelf life so it is best to avoid storing them for too long.

 

Cooked or uncooked

During pregnancy, you should avoid all sorts of raw meats, fish and eggs - even if they are organic. There is a chance of bacteria contaminating them. So ensure that everything is washed properly and then cooked 

Organic products are expensive on the pocket but high on health. For women, who are trying to save up, costs could be a factor. However, by saving up coupons and opting for deals, you can afford organic. 

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