Organic or Conventional? And Why?
- Posted on: Jan 16 2020
How important is it to buy and eat organic food?
If given the choice (and if it’s affordable), then I always recommend eating organic. Here’s why:
1. Conventionally grown produce (much of which is genetically modified, or GMO) can be subjected to the chemical herbicide glyphosate (Roundup). In fact, GMO foods are specifically designed to tolerate glyphosate so that farmers can spray more and get better yields. What you might not know is that glyphosate is a known carcinogen according to the World Health Organization. So by buying organic, you can avoid exposure to this potentially harmful chemical.
2. Organic produce has been shown to contain more phytonutrients than conventionally grown produce- between 19-60% more. Phytonutrients give the plant its distinctive color and flavor, but also convey antioxidant activity. And, if you’ve listened to my podcast or read my books, you know that antioxidants are our body’s way of protecting itself against free radicals. Because organic produce has more phytonutrients than conventionally-grown produce, it’s believed to be 20-40% more nutritious.
3. Organic foods have lower amounts of pesticides and pesticide residues than conventional foods. These pesticides have been shown to be detrimental to our health. In fact, one study found an increased risk of hypospadias (a penile disorder) in the children of women who ate conventional dairy products over organic.
Now, that being said, the MOST important thing is to eat REAL food- mainly plants. If you can’t afford organic produce, then that’s ok. Wash and eat conventional produce, focusing on non-processed foods and limiting the amount of meat and sugar you eat.
To your holistic health!
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