While the amount of organic foods available in supermarkets has grown exponentially over the years, there is still some debate as to whether organic food is really healthier. And then there is also the fact that organic food often costs more than the non-organic alternatives, and some don’t feel that the potential health benefits justify the higher prices.
Additionally, over the years, several studies have delivered inconclusive results, often claiming that organic food was no more nutritious than non-organic food. But after the details of the studies were released, it was quickly pointed out by other experts that the studies failed to take into account several other important factors that might have skewed the results.
At Last: A Proper Study with Proper Results
The debate can finally be put to rest, organic advocates can breathe a sigh of relief, and skeptics can put down their processed, chemical-laden foods and take note: organic really is healthier. A 2016 study performed by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) reviewed existing scientific evidence, as well as the effects of organic food on human health, which other studies have failed to do, focusing instead only on the food itself, and which foods might be considered better, in a loose sense of the word.
This was an important consideration, because as it turns out, a diet consisting mainly of organic foods versus non-organic foods does in fact prove to be healthier for consumption. One of the main reasons why organic food is proven healthier is because while the food does have the same nutritional value as non-organic foods, it’s what organic food doesn’t have the makes the big difference.
Organic Foods Lack Harmful Chemicals and Ingredients
The study has shown that organic foods that, by the definition of the word, are absent of pesticides, harmful chemical ingredients, manufactured preservatives and other non-organic elements found in other foods, ultimately result in healthier immune systems as well as overall bodily health.
This is of great importance for children and young adults, when consumption of foods with harmful ingredients, pesticides and other chemical elements can cause the most harm. Pesticides especially have been shown to cause harmful neurological issues in adults, as well as the development of brain function in children and young adults. Therefore, it is recommended that children especially avoid any foods that may contain pesticides. Increasing consumption of organic foods significantly reduces the risk of pesticide exposure, as well as other harmful artificial and chemical ingredients.
It turns Out Some Organic Food Is More Nutritious
The study also showed that, while there doesn’t appear to be much difference in nutritional value between organic crops and conventional crops, one vitamin that did show a difference was vitamin C. Organic foods tested showed a six-percent increase in vitamin C over conventional crops. As one of the most important vitamins, this is also a significant find.
Overall, testing has shown that a steady diet of mostly or all organic foods can greatly reduce the risk of various ailments often associated with pesticides and chemical-laden preservatives and ingredients. Organic foods affect health beneficially the most when an organic diet is started at a young age. Additionally, organic crops are also healthier for the environment, as there are no pesticides being sprayed on organic crops that can leak into the water table and possibly cause harm to animal and human life in the surrounding communities.Tags: diet, food, organic