There’s been a tendency recently, to only eat organic food. In every food blog, you find recipes including organic food, on almost every product, you find the word in big bold letters “ORGANIC”.
But what is organic food exactly? And where does it come from? And most importantly, what sets it apart from regular food?
In this article, we’ll be answering all these questions, and by the end of it, you’ll know everything there is to know about organic food, furthermore, you’ll be converted, and will only use organic ingredients in your food henceforth.
What is Organic Food?
Organic food is grown differently from the regular one, for example, instead of using herbicides to get rid of the weed, and using traditional ways of fertilizing, crop rotations are used to manage weed, and natural fertilizers are used.
Simply put, organic food is grown with the idea of conserving water, soil, and reduce pollution, making it more beneficial for the environment, instead of further increasing CO production, and injecting more and more chemicals into our food.
Does organic Mean Natural?
Many tend to confuse these 2 terms, but they are not interchangeable. Though technically everything is natural, as everything comes from nature, these two terms have completely different connotations.
As mentioned before, organic farmers use organic products to fertilize and grow their plants, whereas natural food relies on non chemical or synthetic products to be grown.
The differences don’t end here, as many people tend to go for organic food since there are more regulations during its production than with natural food.
Though both available in almost every market, organic food is more present, since there’s more demand for it. They are both a tad expensive but perfect for people who want to adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Organic Food vs Non-organic : Which is Healthier?
The obvious answer would be organic food, but why exactly?
One word: soil. It all comes down to the dirt. If it’s healthy, then so is the food grown in it.
Organic farmers use a method of crop rotation, which is a technical term for “growing different crops each year”, whereas regular farmers tend to grow the same crop for years.
This method allows for nourishing the soil and ensuring its biodiversity, making it better to grow vegetables and fruits, as well as achieving healthier produce.
This is backed up by several studies, all proving that the benefits of organic farming outweigh, by far, traditional methods, like the 2010 report of Washington State University, stating that strawberries tasted sweeter, and had higher levels of antioxidants when grown organically.
Organic Food: Cost and Shelf Life
Organic food tends to be more expensive than non-organic one. This has to do with the fact that growing produce organically, is more tedious than any other farming way. Also, most organic farmers work on their own, with no support from the government, add that to the fact that they have to go through rigorous inspections, to make sure the food is up to the standards of the USDA, and you go the answer to your question.
As for shelf life, organic food tends to last less than non-organic food, due to the lack of preservatives included in its farming. Which is a great thing, since it’s a great indicator of how organic the food really is.
Organic Food For Your Baby?
You might be wondering if you should switch to organic food when feeding your baby, and what benefits you can reap from it.
Truth be told, organic food may have more nutrients that non organic food, but only in a limited matter.
That’s not to say that organic food would not be more beneficial for your baby, simply put, including organic food in your baby’s diet may not increase a number of nutrients it might receive, but at least limits the amount of exposure to pesticides, used by regular farmers to protect the produce from insects and weed, however, they tend to leave a trace behind, which, if ingested in large proportions, could prove to be fatal.
So should you switch to organic when feeding your baby? That’s up to you. Remember that, though it might be better for the general health of the baby, it might not be easy on your personal budget.
Personally, I believe a balance is a key here, unless you’re rolling around in dollar bills, in that case, go ahead, be my guest, and eat all the organic food you come across.
Different Organic Food Categories
According to the USDA criteria, you can find 3 categories of organic food.
- 100% certified organic means that all of the ingredients of this product, except salt and water, are organic.
- Organic means that 95% of the ingredients of this product, except salt and water are organic.
- Made With Organic Ingredients means that 70% of the ingredients of this product, except salt and water are organic.
Only products from the first 2 categories are allowed to use the USDA stamp.
List of Organic Food
Now that you know all there is to know about organic food, and you have decided to adopt this new lifestyle, here’s a list of the best organic food to get you started.
- Applegate Farms Organic Roasted Turkey Breast
- Applegate Farms Organic Mild Cheddar Cheese
- Kashi Whole Wheat Biscuits, Cinnamon Harvest cereals
- Vital Farms Eggs
- Amy's Roasted Vegetable Tamale
- Full Circle Bison Ranch Organic Grass Fed Buffalo.
Of course, this list is non-exhaustive and aimed to help you starting your new lifestyle, just remember to look for the USDA stamp when you’re shopping.
And there you go, all you need to know about organic food, or at least what I could cram into the article. If you have any questions, make sure you leave them below, and share your experiences with organic food.