The Benefits of Eating Organic Food

The organic versus non-organic debate has raged for a long time. Even in the 1970s, university professors of biology were highly skeptical that there were any significant benefits of organic fruits, vegetables or meats over their non-organic counterparts.

Research in subsequent decades has put this matter to rest at least among academics. It has become clear that the nutritional profile of organic versus non-organic foods can be dramatic. Apart from the presence of pesticides, fungicides and the like which are allowed on non-organic foods and are prohibited on organic foods, one can disregard the above considerations and focus instead upon the health benefits of the food. It has been found, particularly in the past 15 years, that many trace elements are present only in organic foods and are either not present at all or present only in insignificant quantities in commercially grown foods. Absence of these trace elements over time leads to serious health problems and vitamin deficiency.

The benefits of eating organic fresh fruit and vegetables whenever possible, as opposed to non-organic, cannot be highlighted enough as they contain many of the vitamins in sufficient quantities that our body needs to function correctly. The top twelve organic fruit and vegetables to purchase are apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, bell peppers, potatoes, blueberries, lettuce, and cherries.

With soil nowadays lacking in the vital minerals and nutrients our body needs, it is recognized that the healthiest way to eat vegetables is either in their raw state which provides the body with the minerals, fibre, enzymes and vitamins it requires, or by eating some fruits and vegetables with their peels intact due to the vitamins and minerals being located under the outer peel.

In the case of meat the differences are far more extreme. Being relatively high up the food chain from vegetable to animal culminating in predator, meat animals aggregate large amounts of toxins in their tissues, especially the fatty tissues. It will come as no surprise that most of the expensive cuts of meat tend to be high in fat or marbling content as it is called. Consuming this fat can be very unhealthy and is best kept to a minimum.

Eating a well-balanced, healthy diet is essential to helping stave off potential life-threatening diseases and health issues such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease, amongst many others. In using organic produce as part of a healthy eating regime, you are investing in your health which is the most important investment you can ever make.