Organic Food Benefits: Why You Should Eat Organic
There is a good chance that you have seen an organic food aisle at one of your local grocery stores. In fact, you may have even driven past a farmers market where organic food was sold.
Unfortunately, if you are like many other Americans, there is a good chance that you kept right on walking or driving by. This is because many individuals do not eat organic foods.
Despite the fact that organic foods are not consumed by nearly all Americans, they still come highly rated and recommended. In fact, many health conscious individuals swear by them.
Many claim that eating organic foods helps to promote lifelong health and happiness. Organic food consumption has increased in popularity over the years and that increase continues to rise at a relatively steady pace.
If you are interested in eating organic foods, but if you have never done so before, you may be wondering what the benefits are. If so, please continue reading on
When it comes to organic foods and their benefits, you will find an unlimited number of benefits. For starters, did you know that organic foods can help the environment?
They can and this is a point that many do not take into consideration at first. Farmers who put pesticides in their fields and on their foods, are not only putting consumers at risk, but the environment at risk as well.
Depending on which pesticides and other chemicals are used, the soil and other nearby areas can suffer damage. By eating organic foods, you are providing a small, yet still helping hand to help protect the environment.
Another unique benefit to eating organic that many individuals do not think of right away is the assistance that is provided to organic farmers and organic food manufacturers.
Right now, the number of organic food manufacturers is quite small and many are small to medium sized businesses. The same can be said for farmers.
The decision for many farmers and companies to go organic can be difficult and risky.
Therefore, by purchasing organic foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, you can take comfort in knowing that you are helping many small to medium sized farmers and organic food companies stay in business.
Organic foods can also help to improve your body and health. In fact, organic foods may be able to help cleanse or detoxify your body from harmful chemicals.
When you stop eating foods that are tainted with pesticides and other chemicals, your body will expel the current and remaining toxins from your body.
This means that your body should be clean, chemical free, and pesticide free after a specific period of time. Of course, remember that you want to stay healthy.
For that reason, if you decide to start eating organic foods, try to stay doing so.
If you are a parent, one of the best ways to help ensure that your child has a happy and healthy life is to get them started on eating organic foods as early as possible.
Another one of the many benefits to eating organic foods is the better quality. In fact, many individuals claim that organic food tastes much better.
One reason why farmers claim to use potentially harmful pesticides and chemicals is to kill bacteria. While this does sound like a good idea, the bacteria that can be present when fruits and vegetables grow isn’t necessarily bad.
In fact, some say that it helps foods grow in a certain way. This, apparently, in turn helps to produce better results, which should better tasting, more natural food.
As you can see, there are a number of benefits to eating organic foods. In fact, the above mentioned benefits are just a few of the many reasons why organic food should be given a close examination.
If you would like more information on organic foods, including the benefits of eating them, consider speaking with a professional healthcare provider, like your doctor.
He or she can help you decide if switching to organic foods is the right decision.
Easy Ways to Make the Switch to Organic Foods
If you are interested in improving the way that you eat, you may also be interested in making the switch to organic foods.
Although many individuals are able to do so with ease, it can take others a little bit more time.
If you are looking for easy ways and tips to help make the switch to organic foods, please continue reading on.
The first step in making the switch to organic foods involves getting used to the cost. Many individuals who decide to go organic without first researching are put off by the costs, as organic foods do cost more.
This is something that you should prepare for. If you decide to eat organic only foods, the cost increase in your weekly or monthly grocery bill can get quite high and add up overtime.
Although organic foods are more than worth their costs, you should still prepare for the change.
In addition to preparing for the cost increase, you should also examine ways that you can save money when eating organically. For example, organic food coupons can be found on online coupon websites, as well as the websites of organic food manufacturers.
Simply Organic and Earth’s Best Organic are known for regularly offering free printable coupons on their websites.
Newspapers can also be examined. Also, familiarize yourself with stores in the area that are known for their affordable prices or great sales on organic food.
It is also a good idea to start preparing for the disappearance of many of the artificial additives that are found in many foods.
Although many will notice a taste difference, that taste difference is usually an improvement with organic foods.
Even still, it takes some people time to get used to it. For example, soda, like Pepsi, is not considered organic. If you are interested in having a truly organic diet, you will need to eliminate it from your diet.
This can be easier said than done for many, as they grow dependent on the caffeine and other artificial additives. That is why a quick and full change to organic food is sometimes advised against.
As stated above, a quick switch to organic foods doesn’t always work well for everyone.
What you will want to do is consider making a slow transition, especially if you are dependent on a particular food or drink. Sometimes slow is the best way to go.
Consider incorporating a few organic snacks, like organic crackers or organic fruit bars, into your diet on a daily basis. Next, start with one meal, like organic oatmeal for breakfast.
After a week or a few days, replace another meal with organic foods. Do so until you are completely organic.
It is also important to remember that eating organically isn’t right for everyone. With that being said, do not let the taste of certain foods turn you away.
You will want to examine and try as many food products as you can. You should have multiple brands and flavors to choose from. For example,
Simply Organic and other manufacturers sell organic flavors, extracts, spices, and dinner mixes.
Give as many of these items and flavors as you can a try until you are able to find something that you like.
This is a nice approach to take because it is important to remember that there are a large number of benefits to eating organic foods.
Camille McClellan, MD, DNM, MBS
McClellan Natural Health, Wellness & Nutrition
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