More and more studies are finding that organic food is better for our health than foods grown using conventional farming methods (which often include the heavy use of chemical-laden pesticides, herbicides and insecticides). Here are 3 reasons you may want to go organic:
- Boost Your Antioxidant Intake by up to 40%
Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK determined that organic crops and crop-based foods were significantly higher (up to 69%) in key antioxidants, and that choosing organic over conventionally grown foods could mean a 20–40% increase in antioxidant intake levels.i
- Reduce Pesticide Levels
The same analysis out of Newcastle University determined that conventional crops were significantly lower in residual pesticide levels and had lower levels of cadmium, a heavy metal known to pose severe risks to human health.ii Cadmium levels were on average about 48% lower in organic crops, according to the study abstract.
- Avoid Probiotic-killing Glyphosate
The chemical glyphosate, widely used as an herbicide on conventionally grown crops, has been shown to destroy the good bacteria (probiotics) in the human gut that support good digestion and immune health. Already linked to a broad range of disorders, scientists now believe glyphosate can lead to gut imbalance, which may interfere with a healthy immune response—as well as impact healthy mood and behavior.
Worried about the expense of organic foods? There are ways around that—such as choosing in-season produce as well as locally farmed fruits and vegetables. This often cuts out travel and distribution costs and results in lower-priced organic selections.