If You Are What You Eat, Should You Eat Organic?

It's no secret that we're supposed to eat organic. "It's better for you," they say. So, as I stood looking at the chicken on my weekly Sunday trip to the supermarket, I can't help but to think "it's also more expensive," as I place the non-organic, antibiotic filled meat into my cart. Mmmm. After all, I'm not even sure if organic is worth the cost. As it turns out, it is.

The term organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and produced.  A third party regulates the food, ensuring  it meets the national standards of approved synthetic and prohibited non-synthetic substances of organic production, including:
 • antibiotics
• artificial growth hormones
 • high fructose corn syrup
• artificial dyes (made from coal tar and petrochemicals)
• artificial sweeteners derived from chemicals
• synthetically created chemical pesticide and fertilizers
 • genetically engineered proteins and ingredients
 • sewage sludge
 • irradiation

According to The EPA, such toxins have a particularly negative impact upon children, increasing the likelihood of health problems, including birth defects,autism, and nerve damage.Organic foods also prove to be beneficial for adults, having potential to lower the incidence of diabetes, coronary heart disease, migraines, dementia, and hyperactivity. The President's Cancer Panel also weighed in, encouraging us to eat organic to reduce our exposure to pesticides, a cancer causing substance.

Secondly, organic is simply more nutritious. They contain higher levels of beta carotene, vitamins C, D, and E, polyphenols, cancer-fighting antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and essential minerals. Overall, by consuming organic foods, you recieve 25% more nutrients than from consuming non-organic (Organic Consumers). 

So, the next time you're standing in the supermarket, remember that you get what you pay for. Organic is worth the splurge. To find a organic supermarket near us, click the link below!


This was a really interesting read. My mom made me grow up eating organic foods at home, and most of the time I did not understand why. It was not until I was old enough to where she could actually explain the benefits of eating organic to me to the point where it made sense. http://www.ota.com/organic/benefits.html is the website that she would always refer me to when I bitched at her about eating golden bunnies instead of gold fish.

I agree that this was a very interesting post! Unfortunately for me, my parents never taught me the value of eating organics. It wasn't until much later while in school when I realized the benefits of eating organic products, and the dangers of pesticides and other chemicals in food. I'll definitely be checking out your link for organic supermarkets around my area! Organic foods are definitely worth the investment. Here's a link to a cute page that explains Why organic is awesome !

This is a great post! With the boom of the health craze in the past few years, my family has been buying more organic foods, such as milk, cereals, fruits and other things, and I love it. Just knowing that what you're eating isn't full of pesticides and other harmful chemicals and additives is a great bonus. Also, stores like Whole Foods, http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/about-our-products/organic-food, have mostly organic items, and while a little more expensive than regular grocery store foods, sometimes you can find many new and different items!

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