Let’s learn true facts about organic meals, is there good balance between its nutrition values and price?
Before we could find organic products only at special stores, now it came to ordinary supermarkets. So if you see organic apple and one from usual store department, which one would you choose? Both have fiber and vitamins and don’t contain fats, both look good so let’s appeal to facts before put an organic product to our cart.
Conventional vs. organic farming
What does it mean “organic” actually? It means farmers that grow organic cultures must not use conventional agro-industrial ways. They have to use natural fertilizers for soil and avoid any chemical issues to reduce harvest pollution. This method provides mulch and crop rotation as weed fight way also.
Label says if product is organic
There are strict governments’ standards at USA about organic food that tell how such meal is grown and processed. Moreover product has to have a certificate from US Department of Agriculture (USDA), every farmer has to adhere to the USDA’s standards if he works with organic foods, only then the good can get a label with ”organic” mark.
USDA’s seal is voluntary one, anyway many producers use it, if foods are single-ingredient product such as eggs or fruit and vegetables then the package can carry 100% organic label. If we talk about multi-ingredient meal USDA organic label would depend on a number of organic components:
- • 100 percent organic. The product must be completed from organic ingredients in full;
- • Organic. To use this phrase the content has to be at least 95% organic.
If the product includes minimum 70% of organic components it is possible to use formulation “made with organic ingredients” and this food doesn’t have a right to wear USDA’s seal. If the percent of organic is less that 70 the product label must not contain word “organic” at all. Then the producers can just include notice about organic components in ingredient list.
Are ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ equal conceptions?
Well, it’s not same things. If a food label contains words “hormone-free” or “all natural” it would be truth but it doesn’t mean this product was grown, handled and processed with USDA’s standards. So it can not to be organic.
Is organic food better for nourishment?
There is not exact answer about this issue. Researches of last 50 years didn’t show that conventional food has less nutrient content than organic one, the difference is not so bog about this one.
Other facts about organic food
Many people prefer to buy organic food anyway only because they loved its taste. Is it serious reason? Of course, it is. But let’s learn other factors too:
- • Pesticides. It’s not a secret that conventional industry uses synthetic pesticide for protecting plants. So it’s a big probability we would get it with food too. Organic way provides traps for insects, careful crop selection, beneficial microorganisms and predator insects. It head for organic food contains fewer pesticide residues if compare with traditionally agricultural products. Let’s notice that government programs are oriented to decreasing of pesticide using for whole products, doesn’t matter if it’s organic or non-organic one.
- • Food additives. The standards for organic provide restricting or total refusing from food additives including aids, even if they are not added in food directly, fortifying agents, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colorings and flavorings, monosodium glutamate.
- • Environment. The organic food is growing using the environment benefits, this way of producing saves useful features that soil and water gives. So many customers choose the organic products because of it, they are sure they would get food with minimal pollution level.
What about disadvantages?
The biggest disadvantage is a cost, of course. It’s a reasonable because the producing way is more expensive that conventional one.
Another true fact about organic fruit and vegetables is that they can spoil faster because they aren’t covered with wax or preservatives. Maybe their look wouldn’t be so perfect too. But you can be sure that organic food meets same quality and safety standards as conventional products, maybe even little more.
Food safety tips
Few useful tips for you:
- • Select a variety of foods from a variety of sources. This method allows avoiding of only pesticide type if the food is grown by using it and increase nutrients level by consumption products from different regions.
- • Buy fruits and vegetables in season when possible. It’s easy to ask grocer when is arriving day for this store than you will know when the freshest products come. Or become a client of farmers market.
- • Read food labels carefully. Even if label says it’s organic food don’t be lazy to read ingredient list, you can find there sugar or fats too.
- • Wash and scrub fresh fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water. This simplest way for removing dust and chemical traces from fruit and vegetable surface. Even if you can’t be sure you remove all of it. The peeling is possible, just remember then you reduce also nutrients and fiber level.