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Top 5 Health Benefits of Eating Organic Foods

Why should we eat organic foods? The first motive that comes to mind is usually “because it’s healthy”, but let’s be honest here, that answer is far from comprehensive and satisfying, and when we incorporate the organic eating in our lifestyle, we should fully understand its essence, because if we don’t, it would seem like we don’t really respect what we’re doing, let alone why.

What is organic food?

Of course, the explanation is ought to begin with the questions “what is organic food?”, and “when is organic really organic”? Many people confuse “organic” with “natural”, if they’re not well-informed, and though they’re synonymous, there’s a difference. Actually, organic is not something new, quite the opposite, it’s a traditional way of cultivating and growing foods, just like our ancestors used to do it many years ago, before the industrialization of agriculture, the discovery of DNA, and the production of synthetic chemicals. In order for a food to be classified as “organic”, it has to be grown without the aid of any pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics, growth hormones, irradiation, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

As an adjunct, some organic farms have growing systems that enhance biological cycles, biodiversity, and soil biological activity. Organic food production is under legal regulation and strict supervision, conducted by organizations such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the European Union organic regulation, and other. So if the entire (or most) of a product’s content is organic, there must be an organic label and seal for official recognition.

On the other hand, natural foods have no federal or legal supervision, and are not strictly defined by any criteria. A food labeled “natural” usually contains less chemical additives, preservatives, and processing.

Why eat organic?

Now that we’ve clued you in the acceptation of organic food, perhaps it’s time to discuss the reasons you should choose organic foods. It’s worth eating organic, because it brings certain health benefits, and avoids potential threats, caused by chemical compounds and GMO. Briefly said, that’s the truth, but in order to take a larger view of things, we need to take a closer look at the health benefits of organic eating (not just our personal, but the health of Nature itself too), which once understood, will become the reasons for consumers to buy organic food, instead of conventional, or even natural.

Top 5 Health Benefits of Eating Organic Foods

1. Choosing organic is a far better alternative to GMO.

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Nick
Nick
Nutritionist and Health Enthusiast

I’m Nick – a nutrition enthusiast who takes his healthy lifestyle at heart, and an avid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete. Being the main author and founder of OrganicPowerFoods.com, I’m constantly looking to expand my experience and knowledge of food, health, sport, and organic living, so I can become the best version of myself, and help others achieve the same.

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