Is Going Organic Going to Help Your Health? Part 1

When you head to the grocery store or supermarket, shopping for products like eggs, meat, fish, milk, and produce can be very tricky. Signs are posted everywhere labeling food as natural, organic, hormone-free, welfare-friendly —but what’s the difference? Learning what specific names mean can help you decide if you should shell out extra money on a product or if it is simply a marketing ploy.

Natural is a term associated with a number of fruit and vegetable products & even shampoos etc. Often, this is simply a marketing gimmick to convince you to buy the product, and is now very much over-used. After all, all fruits and vegetables are natural – but they may be covered in pesticides or wax to improve their appearance… For any foodstuff, unless it’s a new kind of food that has been developed and processed, the product is natural.

What you might look for is foods labeled as organic. Organic foods are grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. There are two main benefits to organic foods. First, by buying organic, you are helping the environment because those chemicals are not being introduced into nature. Secondly, you are avoiding ingesting chemicals and are therefore having more healthy foods. However, organic products are usually more expensive. One option if you’re on a budget is to be selective, and skip over organic fruits and vegetables that you can peel, like oranges and bananas. After all, once you’ve discarded the peel, you’ve also discarded most of the chemicals. Instead, opt for organic items like apples, where you eat the peel – or peel them anyway. No matter what you buy, however, make sure that you rinse off your food when you get home.

Wishing you Health and Wellness!

Alison x

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Comments

  1. Thanks Alison for this information. I agree that buying organic fruits and veggies, if you’re going eat the skin, is the better choice. I’ve always wondered how much of the “bad stuff” gets removed by washing.
    Do you use a salad spinner?

  2. Interesting that after years of rejecting my organic food purchases my soon to be 17 year old son is suddenly aware of the problems in our food system and now is open to the idea of eating more organically – now that the idea is present for him – next step is the actual practice of eating that way!

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