The Benefits to Eating Organic
Nowadays, you see the word “organic” everywhere, but you may be wondering what makes food organic vs. non-organic. What are the benefits to eating organic? And is it really healthier for you? These are all common questions when considering a more natural diet.
What is “organic”?
The term “organic” indicates how certain foods are grown and processed. For the United States, organic crops must be grown without synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers, or bioengineered genes (as known as GMOs). Weeds and pests are controlled naturally, and the crops are grown with natural fertilizers.
When it comes down to livestock in the meat, eggs, or dairy industries, they must be raised in natural conditions that can accommodate natural behaviors such as grazing. They are fed organically, not given antibiotics, growth hormones, or animal-products. That doesn’t mean that the animals raised by organic standards are ridden with diseases but rather approached with natural methods for prevention such as clean housing, rotational grazing, and healthy diets. Regulated organic livestock also MUST have access to the outdoors, whereas conventionally raised livestock may or may not have access whatsoever in their lifetime.
Look for organic, non-GMO food for the healthiest choice
What are the benefits to eating organic?
Now that you have a better understanding of what the term “organic” means, you may be wondering what are the benefits to eating organic? And what are the disadvantages to GMOs in food? Well, how your food is grown or raised can impact your mental and emotional health. Stuff like refined sugar in foods and meats pumped with steroids and antibiotics aren’t healthy compared to their organically grown counterparts.
It’s true; organic food tends to have more beneficial nutrients versus its unnaturally grown counterparts. Since organic plants do not rely on synthetic pesticides, they produce more protective compounds, seen in their higher levels of antioxidants. They generally also have lower nitrates, which lower your risks for certain types of cancer, such as colorectal cancer.
As mentioned above, organic livestock is not given antibiotics, growth hormones, or any animal by-products. Which generates a lower risk of the animals becoming antibiotic-resistant and producing what’s called “superbugs.” Unnaturally raised livestock are full of antibiotics to increase the fat in their meat. However, that becomes a breeding ground for these antibiotic-resistant microbes, which can be exceptionally dangerous for humans. For example, you could get food poisoning from bacteria like E. Coli, and regular antibiotics may not treat it. Antibiotic resistance is undoubtedly one of the primary disadvantages to GMOs. However, it isn’t the only thing to worry about with conventionally raised meat. Many people have allergic reactions because their meat is exposed to antibiotics that they are allergic to, such as penicillin!
Organically grown food is more sustainable
Did you know that it benefits the environment too?
The benefits to eating organic don’t only focus on health but also reflect on the environment! The Organic Trade Association even notes that if all the farmers in the United States converted to organic crop production, we could eliminate 500 million pounds of persistent and harmful pesticides from entering our environment annually! These pesticides and chemicals contaminate the water supply, soil, and air. Unfortunately, some of those pesticides can linger around for decades! With synthetic chemicals, this method often discourages farmers from utilizing intelligent practices such as covering crops or crop rotation, which can cause impactful environmental changes such as erosion.
Organic livestock farmers are incredibly helpful towards the environment as well. What the animals eat, how their feed is produced, how they live, and how their waste is managed are all influencers of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Growing organic feed without synthetic fertilizers is critical in reducing energy use. Also, since the animals have more time in the pastures, they help restore carbon in the soil. Conventionally raised livestock use artificial growth hormones, and once expelled, these hormones can enter our natural environment through the wastewater. Lack of sustainability represents one of the fundamental disadvantages to GMOs - they damage our environment, pumping harmful chemicals into the soil.
What does “organic” mean to Leanna Organics?
It’s not just a word in our name-it’s our lifestyle. We strive to bring our customers the best natural wellness and skincare products at affordable prices. Our products are made by hand and done in small batches at our CBD shop in Westminster CO to ensure the quality of our product is what we claim it is!
The non-toxic and natural wellness model guides everything we do at Leanna Organics. For example, our CBD gummies (coming soon) with organic sugar! Refined sugar in foods is unnatural and unhealthy. Accordingly, we use only natural sugar in our CBD gummies.
You may be curious about how sugar can even be organic. Like the other industries that we explained above, organic sugar has to undergo all the regulations placed on by the USDA to determine it to be set apart from GMO sugar.
These regulations are:
● The use of organic farming practices
● Non-genetically modified seeds
● Processed without the use of unnatural chemicals, pesticides, or fertilizers
● Inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture or another certifying agency
Look familiar? We thought it would!
What are the benefits of organic sugar?
Organic sugar is less processed than Refined sugar in foods. This helps it retain the nutrients that are present in the sugarcane. In reality, there are 17 amino acids, 11 minerals, and six vitamins in organic sugar, such as:
● Vitamin E
● B vitamins
● Selenium; and
GMO sugar is processed heavily and claims to be “empty calories,” as they lack vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or other beneficial compounds. They are simply added to improve the taste.
The long term effects of GMO food is still unknown
Why is GMO sugar so bad?
Other than that, GMO refined sugar lacks any nutritional value; it’s also quite detrimental to the environment. GMO farmers opt for more accessible conventional farming methods such as heavy pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. As we know, this creates concerns surrounding our soil, water, and air. Conventional farmers have access to over 900 synthetic pest control products. Doesn’t that make you nervous about what is in those products? The FDA has not confirmed any long-term effects of utilizing GMO methods in our food production, and studies on the health risks have only been performed on animals.
Clearly, a lack of knowledge of the long-term health effects is a concern with GMO sugar. In contrast, the benefits to eating organic sugar include more nutrition, fewer chemicals, and sustainability for Mother Earth.
What we put into (and on) our bodies matter. That’s why at Leanna Organics, it is imperative for all of our products to be organic, non-GMO, and safe for you, your family, and the environment. We strive to help provide a better tomorrow with the changes we make today.
Check out our brand-new CBD gummies (coming soon) made with organic sugar.
This Blog was written by Jess Renfer