For optimum health you should eat the best quality, unadulterated, nutrient-dense food you possibly can. Switching to organic foods buys you a peace of mind that your family dinner, and health, won’t be spoiled by toxic pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified ingredients or any other nasty and potentially damaging chemical additives
Organics are pesticide free:There are over 170 different types of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers which are routinely sprayed on crops that ultimately end up in the foods we eat. Think about it.These chemicals are designed to kill insects and bugs… Research has shown that long-term ingestion of these toxic chemical residues can be harmful to our health, with children being most vulnerable. Unborn babies, infants and children are particularly susceptible to the damaging effects of pesticides due to their much smaller size and still-developing bodies. The daily consumption of small amounts of toxic residues from commercially grown foods could potentially disrupt the development and functioning of your child’s immune, reproductive and nervous systems. Organic produce is not sprayed with chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers.
Organics taste better and are more nutrient rich: Much of the soil in Australia and other countries around the world is increasingly ‘nutrient-poor’ due to non-sustainable farming practices and the use of non-organic fertilizers. Perpetual farming of land can lead to soil de-nutrification. There is little doubt that through the ages of commercial farming practice, mineral depletion of soils has occurred to a significant extent and that food crops today contains fewer nutrients than in the past. Sustainable (organic) farming techniques, however, such as manuring, composting, companion planting and crop rotation ensures that the soil is healthy and has an adequate supply of nutrients from which crops can grow. Studies show that organic crops are nutritionally superior to commercially grown crops, having higher levels of all those important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which we need for good health. Organic fruits and vegies are not only better for your health because they are richer in nutrients and are chemical free, they also taste better. Organic farmers let their fruit naturally ripen before they are picked so they contain higher levels of nutrients and a richer fuller flavour
Organics are free from hormones and antibiotics: Remember that whenever you have milk or other dairy produces, eggs, meat, and chicken, they are also consuming the chemicals sprayed on the animals feed and the antibiotics and other drugs given that animal. So it is always a good idea to buy these animal produces organic. Most nonorganic livestock are given antibiotics and other drugs on a regular basis to maximize meat and egg production. There is growing evidence to suggest the long-term consumption of low levels of antibiotics has a detrimental effect on the development of children’s immune function. Organic livestock are fed organic feed and are not given antibiotics or hormones. Organic milk is also richer in beneficial omega-3 fats, which are essential for brain and nervous system development and function.
Buying organic is better for the environment and your local community:It’s a good idea to check if you have an organic farmers market in your local neighbourhood. Not only will you be supporting your local small farmers but you will be reducing your carbon foot print and it’s usually cheaper too.Â Also, there are also lots of organic home delivery services available now.
What if you can’t buy organic all the time
Ideally, we should all buy organic as much as possible. However this may not be feasible for everyone, as organic foods can be more expensive, and some may not have access to organic produce regularly. Firstly this doesn’t mean you should reduce the amount of fruit and vegies you eay. Fruits and vegies are vital to good health and you should eat a good variety of them everyday. If you can’t buy organic it means that you need to be diligent with washing your fruits and vegies well.
For those times when you can’t go 100% organic, you can instead prioritise your selection of organic foods to those that are most susceptible to higher levels of pesticide residues. For example:
Thin skinned berries, tomatoes, peaches, nectarines, cherries, and grapes.
Apples and cucumbers with wax coatings, and carrots and potatoes.
Green leafy vegies such as spinach, kale, celery and lettuce.
Red meat, chicken, eggs, and cow’s milk.
Soy products, that are commonly made from genetically modified soy beans.
Tips for reducing pesticide residue on non-organic produce
The best way to remove toxins from your diet is to eat organic foods whenever possible. However, when consuming commercially grown products there are ways you can reduce pesticide residue:
1. Thoroughly wash all nonorganic fruit and vegetables.
2. Peel all non-organic fruit and vegetables with skins such as carrots, potatoes, pumpkin, pears and peaches.
3. Peel foods such as cucumbers and apples that have a wax coating (wax prolongs their shelf life but also seals in harmful pesticide residues).
4. Rinse non-organic rice, grains and legumes well before cooking and use fresh water to cook with. These foods are also routinely sprayed with chemicals.
5. Choose organically farmed meats, chickens and eggs where possible. If you buy non-organic meat make sure you trim all visible fat, as toxins tend to accumulate in the fat of animals. Lamb is a good choice of red meat as it generally contains less toxins than other types of meat.