There are two things I love the most in the world—family and food. Ever since I was a boy growing up in Austin, Texas, good food always played a big role in my life. A healthy, wholesome meal, especially at dinnertime, was always on the table. It was our gathering place—we talked with each other while savoring the deliciousness being ladled onto our plates or served hot off the grill.
And even long before eating organic foods became such a prevalent part of today’s health-conscious society, I was taught that foods made without a lot of chemicals, processing, and unhealthy ingredients were the best kind of food to eat. It’s why today I take such pride in creating 100% certified organic frozen prepared meals—I want all individuals and families to be able to enjoy a meal made with high-quality, healthy ingredients—to really enjoy what they eat and to know that it is also beneficial to their overall health.
But you may be asking, “What exactly is the big deal with eating organic? Is it really that much healthier? Is it worth spending the extra money?”
These are all valid questions, and I’m here to tell two things—Yes, it is healthier, and also, you can enjoy organic foods without spending extra money.
What Does Organic Really Mean?
Essentially, organic refers to the way food is grown and processed. Food that is grown, raised or processed without the use of hormones, chemical and synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, antibiotics or medications, and the absence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be considered organic. You can already see why organic food might be healthier, can’t you?
The Benefits of Eating Organic Foods
Many non-organic foods, especially agricultural products, contain trace elements of the chemical or synthetic pesticides that were used. Even non-natural herbicides and fungicides can contain harmful ingredients. The chemicals used in these products have been linked to a number of serious diseases and maladies.
No Hormones, Medicines or Antibiotics
Livestock and farm-raised fish that are not raised organically are often given hormones or antibiotics that can still be found in the meat and fish when we consume them. This can be especially dangerous for children as they are developing, as well as pregnant women.
Food Is Fresher and More Nutritious
Because organic food doesn’t contain any preservatives, it tends to be fresher, and more often than not, is grown or sourced locally. Additionally, some organic foods contain higher levels of nutrients than non-organic foods of the same type.
And another important benefit of eating organic foods is that organic farming is much better for the environment, as well as the people and wildlife who live near organic farms. There are no chemicals in the soil and water, resulting in less environmental pollution.
I know I care about where I live as much as I care about what I eat, which is why the Beetnik Foods farm and manufacturing plants are environmentally friendly. I believe that producing good, healthy and organic food that anyone can enjoy without having to spend a lot can help change people’s overall perception of what organic food really is, as well as help them better appreciate their health, and the planet we all live on.