We have all been told that buying organic is much better for us but there are a few things to keep in mind the next time you are making your purchase because all organic products are not created equal nor are they always better!
1. Never assume that your meals are healthy because of the fresh, organic ingredients used. If your meal stillcontains lots of butter, high-fat meats, sugar, and cheese, the meal is just as unhealthy as the non-organic counterpart.
2. Never assume organic means the same for all food products. Organic means different things for different types of food. For produce, organic means no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers were used in farming. There will be less pesticide residues in fruits with a thick skin like bananas.
With organic dairy, red meat, chicken, or pork, the use of hormones and antibiotics is the key issue. This is less important in poultry and hogs where the use of hormones isn’t allowed, ever. Instead of relying on the organic label, consumers can find out more about how the animals are raised.
3. Another mistake is ignoring other health considerations. The produce may be organic, for example, but if it travelled half way across the globe its quality and taste may suffer. This also means it was picked before ripeness and it took a lot of resources to reach you, which is not so great for the environment.
What may be more important in foods of animal origin is the diet that livestock are fed. Research shows grass-fed cows produce meat that contains more favorable fats (less saturated fat, more beneficial CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and omega-3 fatty acids, and higher antioxidants. Not all organic meats are grass-fed, and not all farmers can afford the “organic” seal, so they may use less costly certified naturally grown, which is similar to organic standards.
4. Believing organic has fewer calories is the biggest misconception about organic products. This misjudgment of organic may make overeating of less than nutritious foods more likely. Organic cookies are still cookies.
5. The organic label is one of many claims that can help consumers make purchasing decisions. According to the review study, organic produce lowered pesticide contamination by 30%, although all levels were below safety limits.