Organic products have become immensely popular in the last decade. As more and more of us strive to make more considered decisions about our health, choosing the organic option seems like the way to go. But, as confusing as it can be to navigate the endless options of organic food labels, many of us know organic is better, but do we actually know why?
The purported benefits and health claims linked to going organic can be somewhat confusing. So, can we wholeheartedly say organic food is really better for overall health?
New York University Nutrition Professor Dr. Marion Nestle advocates four simple rules when it comes to grocery shopping: shopping the perimeter of the grocery store; choosing real foods with little to no additives; avoiding children-targeted labels, and steering clear of items with more than five ingredients.
We might be consciously looking for GMO and pesticide-free products because we’ve heard they cause cancer and other diseases, but what do the labels actually mean?
What Does Organic Mean?
The word “organic” often refers to the way in which agricultural products are grown and processed.
While the rules and regulations may vary depending on the country, in the U.S, organic crops must be cultivated without the use of bioengineered genes (GMOs), synthetic pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers or sewage sludge-based fertilizers.
Outside of food, there are a plethora of products that come from a pure origin, from skincare to food, clothing fabrics, and yes, even CBD oils.
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The Top 6 Benefits of Organic Products
1 Organic Produce can Contain Fewer Pesticides
Organic products are mainly grown without fungicides, insecticides, and herbicides which are often used in commercial agricultural practices. The residues from these chemicals can end up being used in the products you put on your skin and in the food we eat.
2 Organic Products have Fewer Preservatives
Even though we may want our products to stay fresher longer, this could also mean we use products with more preservatives. Organic produce contains fewer preservatives which mean they might not as last long. However, if you choose organic produce you may find your products are fresher when you buy them as their freshness period is shorter.
3 Organic Farming Helps the Environment
Another benefit of going organic is its farming practices. Organic farming is known to help reduce pollution, reduce soil erosion, conserve water, increase the quality of soil, and use less energy over time. This also has a positive effect on the land, water supply, wildlife and people that surround the area, as fewer chemicals are used.
4 Fewer Antibiotics and Growth Hormones
This usually applies to animals products, where the health and size of the animal are controlled due to confined living conditions. Growth hormones are often used to increase the size of livestock and poultry, in order to get more meat from the animal. While antibiotics are used to reduce the risk of illness. However, the use of antibiotics can encourage antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains. Animals that have been reared organically usually have more space to roam and have more access to the outdoors, which in turn makes them naturally more healthy.
5 Organic Products are Higher in Natural Nutrients
Organic products are thought to have more essential antioxidants, flavonoids, and carotenoids. These essential compounds are believed to protect cells from the effects of aging and free radical damage. Heavily fertilized crops grow faster and bigger and as a result, may lose their vital nutrients.
6 Organic Products are GMO-free
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), this means that the DNA of the plants or animals that has been used to make the product has been altered. This is a process that creates an environment that wouldn't naturally occur in nature or in traditional breeding practices. GMO products were created to be more resilient and resistant, and to enable scientists to remove the unwanted characteristics of the plant or animal.
But, What Does it All Mean?
At the end of the day, what we put into our bodies has a lasting impact. Studies show the fewer preservatives ingested, the better people’s breathing becomes and a significant increase in heart functionality. Additives can do anything from making people more prone to ADHD and possibly have a negative impact on brain development.
To help consumers out the USDA has set up its own organic certification program for all descriptions on product labels. There are four categories products can receive when getting certified by the USDA which include:
- 100% Organic: Used on certified organic fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat or other single-ingredient foods; also used on multi-ingredient foods if all of the ingredients are certified organic, excluding salt and water.
- Organic: When a multi-ingredient food is labeled organic, at least 95 % of the ingredients are certified organic, excluding salt and water. Non-organic items must be from a USDA list of approved additional ingredients.
- Made with organic: When a multi-ingredient product has at least 70% certified organic ingredients, it may have a "made with organic" ingredients label. The ingredient list must identify what ingredients are organic.
- Organic ingredients. When less than 70% of a multi-ingredient product is certified organic, it may not be labeled as organic or carry a USDA seal. The ingredient list can indicate which ingredients are organic.
Receiving one of these organic certified labels is not relegated to just food but it also applies to skincare products, hair care products, and more. People interested in reducing their health risks should move towards using more organic-based products.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).