If you’re someone who eats a diet rich in fruits and vegetables then you probably think you’re feeding your body the nutrients it needs to thrive. While that’s certainly true, if you’re eating conventional produce then your diet isn’t nearly as healthy as you think it is. Find out how everyone can benefit from going organic:
1) Avoid Chemicals
Conventional fruits and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides. Every year, more than one billion pounds of pesticides are used in the US. This isn’t something that you should overlook. With hundreds of different chemicals being sprayed on our food, researchers and doctors are linking pesticides to mental health problems in both children and adults. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, these poisons disrupt signals between our neurons, which is an action that’s been linked to neurodegenerative diseases.
2) Avoid GMO
GMO stands for “Genetically Modified Organism.” To put it simply it’s not a product of Mother Nature. Rather, it’s a product of science that’s created to “enhance” the food we eat. By adding GMOs to produce, we get brighter berries, hardier crops, and seedless fruits. Although GMOs have been deemed safe by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the US, over 60 countries around the world have outright banned or strictly regulated the production and sale of GMO products.
To date, GMOs can be found in roughly 80% of all the crops grown domestically in the United States. What’s worse – GMO foods do not have to be labeled as such in the US. One way to ensure you’re not eating GMO food is to eat organic. Organically grown food cannot be genetically modified in any way!
3) Avoid Hormones and Antibiotics in Meat
Conventional meats contain hormones, antibiotics, and other drugs that aren’t healthy for our bodies. The higher up the food chain, the more harmful substances they have in their body. That’s because their food contains these substances too. Every year in the US, tens of millions of pounds of antibiotics are used in animal feed. In fact, as much as 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in America are fed to chickens, cattle, and hogs. Additionally, animals may also be given growth hormones to artificially increase the amount of meat and milk the cattle produces.
The hormones and antibiotics given to the animals many people eat can negatively alter gut bacteria. Killing off good gut bacteria means “bad” bacteria will take over. This can lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome, poor immunity, weight issues, skin problems, and diseases.
Scientists, doctors, and the government also link the consumption of conventional meats with drug resistance in humans.
4) Benefit From More Nutrients
Studies have shown that organically grown foods have more vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes than commercially grown foods. That’s because the soil used to grow organic produce is managed and nourished with sustainable practices by responsible standards. Additionally, researchers have found organic dairy and meat contain about 50 percent more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.
5) Organic Foods May Support Metabolism
It’s believed that eating fruits, veggies, and grains sprayed with pesticides exposes the thyroid to toxins that negatively affect the body’s fat-burning system. As you probably know, a sluggish thyroid and slow metabolism can lead to weight gain. So make the switch to organic today!