Organic was never my thing. It was out there, with a big name, that meant everything and nothing at the same time. What does “Organic” mean to an average customer? What did it mean to me?
Except that it is a fancy word. I knew it’s a farming system product which is free of pesticides, growth regulators, livestock feed additives and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). I also knew that it’s pricey. Therefore, I got in the habit of politely passing by “Organic”. Moving towards more affordable goods, that looked exactly the same. In the end, why would I overpay if there’s no difference?!
Well, there’s a difference. A significant one, but it’s one of these things that you need to try to appreciate it.
Shortly after moving to the Big Apple, my body started giving me a warning signs. I was constantly bloated and tired, my immune system was weak. My weight was going up and down like a yo-yo. I consider myself a fit 34 year old. Healthy diet, exercise, I even gave up odd “social” cigarette.
What was I doing wrong? How could I fix it? First thing that came to my mind … upgrade the diet, vamp it up with organic products!
What does “Organic” mean to me now?
I converted “Organic”. What I learned on my journey, is that consuming organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It also contains higher levels of antioxidants (up to 69%), vitamin C, zinc and iron. Replacing regular fruit, vegetables and cereals with organic version is comparable to eating 1-2 extra portions of fruit and veg daily. Organic milk and dairy products may contain higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and slightly higher amounts of iron and vitamin E. While organic meat contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and slightly lower levels of saturated fats than conventional meat.
Some of the benefits of being “Organic” believer are building stronger immune system, lowering risk of allergies and eczema, and reducing weight gain.
However, what is important to remember. Not everything what’s “Organic” is healthy! Some of the organic products like cookies, crisps, fizzy drinks or ice cream are still processed foods high in calories, sugar, salt and added fats. Despite being organic, these products are still unhealthy.
Your body is your home. Treat it with love and respect.