Organic food vs non-organic food


Dec 22, 2015 by

Over the past 15 years, there has been a lot of fuss about organic food, and a lot of information that says it is probably better for us than food that has been reared or grown using “conventional” farming methods.

The trouble is, organic food – especially fruit and vegetables – invariably goes off rather quicker than conventional food, and it's usually much more expensive to buy.

If you want to make a few healthy changes to your family's diet, you might be thinking that organic food could be the way to go; but is it all a lot of propaganda, or is it really better for you?

There has finally been a scientific study with up-to-date conclusions. In July 2014, Newcastle University completed a review study of 343 scientific studies that had previously analysed the nutrients contained in organic food. They took all the information from those studies and brought it together to form a big picture view of the situation; and it's good news for organics.

The short version is that they discovered that organic fruit and vegetables deliver far better nutritional quality than conventional crops.


More antioxidants for you and your family

Antioxidants are the anti-cancer substances that protect us from the free radicals that can potentially start the chain reaction of cancer in our bodies. However, it isn't just about cancer protection. Those same antioxidants protect us from possible dementia, heart disease, and even diabetes. The great news about organic vegetables is that they give us far more antioxidants than the same vegetables would if they were conventionally grown.

Organic foods also contain fewer particles of cadmium, pesticides, and nitrogen, all of which are potentially harmful over time, when eaten.


Fewer pesticides

Pesticides shouldn't still be on our food when we eat it, but unfortunately, due to the way in which crops are sprayed, picked, processed and packaged for consumption, conventional veggies can be as much as four times more likely to have pesticide residues as organic crops.

That means that even if you're the healthiest eater in the UK – in fact, especially if you're a healthy eater (think about all those salads and juices you like to make) – you simply can't avoid consuming the types of chemicals that are designed to turn the insides of insects into liquid; or at least, you can't, unless you eat organic vegetables.


Some organic food is better than none

The problems with obtaining organic food tend to be either down to personal finances or availability. The truth is that it's hard to get every type of fruit or vegetable with a Soil Association sticker, and if you like variety in your diet, this can be a real problem; and, as mentioned above, it's usually more expensive.

However, any effort is better than no effort, so why not just add a few items of organic crops to your monthly shop? That way you can compare the flavours (organic usually tastes stronger and more “real”) and figure out for yourself the true value of making the change.