Organic foods are a modern day trend since almost everybody who says they care about the environment are crazy about them. Some people are even calling for a “crusade” against processed foods, saying we should all go back to our raw, organic roots.
While the organic food industry was just a small competitor that appeared a couple of years ago, now it’s a full-fledged multi-billion dollar industry. Not to say that this type of food is not good for you. It is, but you need to understand that most of the benefits are pretty over-hyped. Make sure to get your facts right to see if today’s healthy foods truly are healthy:
1. Organic food is not as eco-friendly as you might think.
Many people, especially environmental activists, like to keep repeating the fact that organic farming is good for the environment. The only problem with this is that it’s completely false. Yes, there’s no risk of contaminating the soil or groundwater with pesticides when it comes to organic farming. However, you need to understand that this type of farming is significantly less productive than modern techniques.
This, in turn, means that organic farming requires far more land, meaning that we’d have to start cutting down more forests. Also, don’t forget that these production issues mean that organic food won’t really be able to feed all the world’s population.
2. Organic food doesn’t automatically taste better.
There are plenty of studies claiming that anything that is organic simply tastes and smells better. However, one study that is worth pointing out is this one. It shows us that the entire “organic food has better taste” thing pretty much only happens at a psychological level.
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In reality, there really isn’t much difference when it comes to taste. Some might tell you that the best option is to buy locally grown foods, which is not bad advice. But keep in mind that, since the organic industry is so large, most of the food that is advertised to be locally grown is actually shipped from far away.
Your best bet is to simply check the expiration date, where the food comes from and try to figure out how long it’s been sitting on the shelf. Want something that tastes great? Then make sure to buy it the day it arrives and is stocked.
3. Forgetting to wash organic food before eating it is a huge mistake.
Many people would tell you that you don’t have to worry about washing organic food before cooking or eating it. This could not be farther from the truth. Just because it’s organic doesn’t mean it’s not susceptible to all sorts of bacteria.
It doesn’t matter how healthy and safe you think the food is. Always wash it under running water before using it. Microscopic organisms still exist, perhaps even more so, in organic foods that don’t use pesticides. These are the organisms you can’t see and they cause intestinal parasites. Intestinal parasites lead to a multitude of health ailments.
4. The nutritional value doesn’t depend on how organic the food is.
You might have heard this already: Organic food offers more nutritional value. However, you need to understand that the only thing that gives food a nutritional edge is the time they spend on the shelf of a store. The longer they stay there, the less nutritional they are. So, once again, your best bet is to go with foods that have just arrived and recently been stocked on shelves.
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