A review published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, that the media quickly picked up on. The review reported organic foods may not be much healthier or more nutritious than their conventional counterparts. This isn’t really news when it comes to the nutrition aspect, as the evidence whether organic foods are more “nutritious” is unclear. Some studies suggest organically grown vegetables and fruits may contain higher levels of vitamins and minerals while others have found no difference.
Whether organic food is more nutritious or not, isn’t really the issue at hand, it is the impact these foods have on our current and future health.
The health benefits derived from organic food is:
- Less exposure to pesticides and other toxins
- Often times it is fresher without preservatives
- Organic farming is better for our environment
- Organically raised animals are not given antibiotics, growth hormones or fed animal byproducts
It is interesting to note, the aforementioned review actually concluded that not only was the pesticide content significantly lower in organic foods, exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria was as well. Arguably this makes organic foods healthier.
Eating organic is to avoid pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified organisms. These are all toxins which are detrimental to our health.
Our body’s toxic burden is the difference between what we are exposed to and how well our own natural detoxification system is working. The more exposure to toxins, whether from food, environment, or even the cosmetic products we use, the harder the body has to work to detoxify and excrete these substances. When metabolic waste from toxins builds up in our body, we get sick.
It is important to both enhance our body’s natural ability to detoxify and get rid of the waste, while at the same time, minimize our exposure to toxins. This is imperative for excellent health, as many of today’s modern diseases are related to toxic overload.