Guest blog post by Angela Berry from Ripped.me
In this day and age, when we are surrounded by pollution, the one thing we can control and take care of is what kind of food we eat. Therefore, a lot of people are choosing to eat a bit more expensive organic food rather than conventionally-grown food which is full of various toxic chemicals.
What does ‘organic’ mean?
When it comes to produce, ‘organic’ means that the crops are grown without using any synthetic or chemical fertilizers/pesticides/herbicides or bioengineered genes (GMO) and livestock raised for meat, eggs and dairy products must have access to outdoors and be given access to organic feed, and it mustn’t be given any antibiotics, growth hormones or animal by-products. Not only does organic food not contain any harmful chemicals, it actually contains more beneficial nutrients. Various studies have shown that organic food is tastier than conventionally-grown food.
Organic fruit and vegetables
Concentrating specifically on organic fruit and vegetables, studies have shown that there is a higher percentage of nutrients such as antioxidants, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium and iron in organic produce. Due to the fact that no pesticides or such chemicals are used while growing organic products means that by consuming organic food we avoid the intake of various toxins.
All of these factors influence the taste of the food, as well as the color, juiciness, flavor, appearance and just the general way the food tastes once in the mouth. Eating healthier and tastier food will thus influence the way our body feels. No chemicals and not processed, healthy food means not only a stronger, more energetic body, but it also means a lower risk of any illness or disorder.
Why is organic coffee so much better?
First, let’s take a more specific example - organic coffee. Coffee lovers will know for sure what are the benefits of consuming organic coffee. But what are they? Those with a more sensitive palate will claim that organic coffee tastes better due to the higher quality of best coffee beans. Using organic fertilizers like coffee pulp, chicken manure and compost means that the coffee will be richer in taste but also in antioxidants which are beneficial for our health.
Since coffee is considered to be one of the most heavily chemically treated foods in the world, consuming organic coffee will not only be beneficial for consumer’s body but it will also have effect on the environment. This is due to the fact that organic agriculture can help strengthen the natural environment‘s resistance to disease because coffee is usually shade-grown, meaning organic production of coffee promotes forest preservation.
It is also beneficial to the minimization of soil erosion as well as the development of bird population which helps keep insect population under control and helps fertilize the soil naturally.
And it is not only about the environment but also about the people who live in it. The surrounding communities and farmers are impacted through chemicals found in the air and water and these chemicals can be highly toxic as well as damaging to human health.
So, by consuming organic food we are not only helping ourselves but also others, people we may never even meet.
By having healthy, toxin-free soil we get healthy produce and livestock, which in turn keeps us healthy, and thus happy.
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