Ever hear the saying, “you are what you eat”?
With so many toxins and chemicals making their way into our food supply, that’s not a very comforting thought.
But there’s hope. Organic foods are made without pesticides, pink slime and weird-science tricks.
Organic foods are made simply and humanely and are much better for your health, and the environment than conventional foods.
Health Benefits of Organic Foods
The biggest health benefit of organic foods is their lack of pesticides.
Pesticides can cause nerve damage, birth defects, cancer, and other health problems depending on their chemical makeup. Some pesticides can be washed off of produce, but that still doesn’t make them entirely safe.
Organic meat and dairy products have been shown to have higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for your health. They can help reduce inflammation, improve cardiovascular health, fight depression, help with ADHD, Alzheimers and other mental disorders, and even improve prenatal health.
Understanding Organic Labels
The United States Department of Agriculture uses several different labels to let custumers know exactly what is in the organic food they’re about to buy. You may have noticed some of these labels on stickers, signs, and food containers. Here’s what it all means:
Food featuring this label is produced with only 100% organic ingredients.
Products with this label must be anywhere from 95-99% organic. The remaining percentage comes with its own set of restrictions, though, and must be approved by the NOP (National Organic Program).
Many shoppers confuse products that have the following food labels with organic foods. Though different from other commercial foods, products with these labels aren’t technically organic:
This label indicates only that the produce was grown at a local farm. This does not mean the product was not grown organically, though; the farmer may have been practicing organic methods but didn’t have the funds to pay for certification.
This label can be applied to company practices as well as food, but it isn’t regulated or certified in any way.
This term isn’t held to any strict standard. The Food Safety and Inspection Service does try to regulate the products given this label by requiring that the product have