Why We Should Opt For Organic Food
The use of the word organic is not as simple as it sounds. Only a product certified by an organic certification body can be called 100% organic. There are various certifying bodies in different countries that have their own standards to determine what would constitute an organic product and only then can they carry an organic certification logo.
Organic products can be traced to the source or the origin of the products, such as organic manuka honey where it can be traced to the actual hive where the honey came from. For a food to be called organic it must be free from artificial chemicals, pesticides, coloring and herbicides. Organic food must be non-genetically engineered, environmentally and ecologically friendly and animal cruelty free.
Organic farming methods include crop rotation, where different crops are planted at different intervals so that the plants do not consume all of its nutrients. Since different plants consume different nutrients, these plants are planted at routine intervals so that the soil can be replenished. Insects are driven away by using inter-planting or companion planting methods where for example, the tomato is planted with basil in between to repel pests and insects; fertilizers are used as compost or premixed organic fertilizer and soil aeration is done using earthworms and by using other natural methods.
In simple terms organic foods are pure and nourishing foods that are not processed or artificial. Turning to organic food is not as complicated as one might think. Research has shown that the composition of a balanced diet should be 50 to 60 percent whole weat or whole grains; about 25 to 30 percent vegetables and 5 to 10 percent of fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds.
There are many reasons why people should change to incorporate the organic diet. One of the main reasons for such a change would be to improve health and to adopt a lifestyle change. By eating organic food, our body nourishes itself and our immunity and regeneration of cells improve. Another reason to switch to an organic diet would be to help preserve our environment. Foods that are not grown and harvested organically use chemicals that are embedded in the soil. Pesticides used in plants kill earthworms and destroys the natural eco-system and the soil becomes a ‘dead soil’. Chemicals and pesticides also find their way into the water systems polluting the environment and contaminating the water we drink. Many farm animals today are fed antibiotics, growth promoting drugs and these harmful substances are passed onto the people eating them, and by changing to an organic diet we would be free from these harmful chemicals in our system. Organic food also contains more vitamins and minerals and is by far a healthier option.
Many studies have certified that organic food is good for health, simply because the food is pure and is non-polluted. Organic certification and calssification prohibits many additives such as hydrogenated fats which is the main cause of heart disease and other diseases like cancer, diabetes and obesity. It also prohibits the use of phosphoric acid, which cause osteoporosis. It prohibits animals which have been injected with antibiotics, which causes reduced immunity in humans. Hormones, which are commonly injected into farm animals cause gender confusion, obesity and some cancers in humans. It prohibits the use of pesticides, which are carcinogenic, and genetically modofied foods, which can cause autism. It also prevents the use of artificial flavoring, preservatives and coloring, which can cause heart and liver diseases.
Some of the organic substitutes to be incorporated into our daily living are:
- Brown rice for white rice.
- Wholemeal flour and unbleached flour for white flour.
- The organic alternative for sugar is molasses, and they come in many forms of which are organic blackstrap molasses and organic raw honey. Organic blackstrap molasses are extracted from cane sugar. It is rich in iron, calcium and potassium. Organic raw honey is honey, which had minimal processing and contains most of the beneficial ingredients.
- Organic soymilk for cow milk. Contrary to popular belief, cow’s milk is not ideal for human beings and the organic alternatives are more suitable. Soymilk can reduce bad cholesterol, low in calories, contains soy isoflavones and is a good source of calcium. Another suitable, healthy alternative to cow’s milk is oatmilk. Rich in proteins and amino acids, this milk is also packed with water soluble fibre. Oat contains soy lecithin and omega 3 which are necessary for our brain cells and cell metabolism. Lecithin reduces fat, controls body sugar and regenerates cells.
- Celtic live sea salt for the common salt or sodium chloride. Celtic live sea salt is processed by natural methods, using the sun and the wind. It contains 84 trace minerals and this method of processing has been in practice for 900 years from France. It can regulate blood pressure and increase the immunity of the body and increase cell regeneration.
- Organic extra virgin flaxseed oil for normal cooking oil. It contains omega 3, 6 and 9 oils which needs to be consumed from external sources, as the body cannot produce these oils on its own. These oils reduces the rick of heart disease and reduces cholesterol, helps maintain healthy blood circulation, burns excess fat and promotes a smooth and healthy skin complexion.
Organic food is fast becoming the option of the era. More and more people are choosing the organic alternative as a start of a lifestyle change. As diseases are becoming more apparent these days, it would surely be necessary for us to take the precautionary measures for a healthy and fulfilling life ahead – hence, think organic.