What is organic food?

Posted by in News on Friday, July 31 2015.

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The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Organic food is food which is produced using environmentally and animal friendly farming methods on organic farms. These methods are legally defined and any food sold as ‘organic’ must adhere to specific requirements and be strictly regulated. Farmers are not allowed to use synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers.

All Organic crops are grown in safe soil and they have no modifications. Organic food producers use all natural farming methods such as crop rotation, composting, companion planting, stimulating biodiversity, etc. As a result, organic products pose no risk of pesticide residues nor presence of other potentially harmful chemicals.

What are the advantages of organic food on wellbeing?

There are so many advantages to using organic food not solely for yourself, but for others, and for the environment.
Overall people are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of healthy nutrition for general health and well-being. Processed foods which are high in saturated fats, sugar and sodium, and low in essential nutrients are not only responsible for growing obesity problems but have also been shown to be major contributors to a number of health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. To make things worse, there are also various artificial preservatives, flavour enhancers and a number of other chemicals which have been shown to have dubious effects on health.
Unfortunately, unprocessed foods are not always as healthy as they seem to be either because a great deal of them are grown with the use of poisonous pesticides, chemical fertilizers which contain toxic metals (such as cadmium), antibiotics, growth hormones and who knows what else. Chemical pesticides have been linked to breast, prostate and other cancers, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, leukemia, infertility, convulsions, immune and endocrine disorders, Parkinson’s disease and depression. Just to name a few! This is where organically grown food comes in.

The main advantage of organic food is without a doubt the absence of all non-natural ingredients which means the benefits of organic food for health and wellbeing is enormous. Some studies show that organic foods have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants which are linked to better health, than their conventionally grown counterparts. It makes sense that if crops are grown in nutrient-rich soil, the fruits, vegetables and grains grown in it will absorb and take-up higher levels of nutrients.

Also fresh fruit and vegetables start to lose nutritional value from the moment they are harvested so the sooner you consume them after picking, the better. Because organic food doesn’t contain any artificial preservatives the shelf life is much shorter than non-organic food. This ensures that they have to be consumed relatively soon, providing you with considerably greater amounts of essential nutrients which play the key role in human health. The messages your brain tells your body when it wants to eat are partially based on the nutrients it receives, so the more nutrients your body receives the less your brain will tell it to keep eating like it does with junk food.

No pesticides, chemicals, or processed additives bogging down your system means a smaller risk of disease, illness, and disorders in yourself. Nothing leaves you feeling tired and unhealthy like junk food. In addition, people with allergies to foods, chemicals, or preservatives often find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat only organic foods.

Organic food does taste better. It may take your system a little while to recognise it if you are accustomed to the addictive qualities of junk food additives, such as processed sugar and MSG. But after just a short time of your body experiencing truly healthy food, you’ll be craving it and it is the junk food that will start having a bad after-taste. We absorb more antioxidants; we absorb fewer pesticides; it supports the local economy; and we protect the environment by creating healthier soils. A win-win-win situation.

Here at the organic juicery we are proud to be one of only a few drinks companies to be certified organic in the UK ensuring that you get all the nutritional benefits available from our juices.

Hayley Fahy

Hayley is a qualified nutirion consultant and founder of The Organic Juicery, a company that was originated from a desire to heal herself and others. A master in the field of complementary health, she also runs a practice that combines Eastern and Western philosophies to promote healthing from within.