What’s better than a diet of fruits and vegetables? Well, organic fruits and vegetables, naturally. Nowadays you have everything from organic apples and spinach, to organic macaroni and even ice cream. True, they’re a bit more expensive than their non-organic siblings, but more often than not, it’s worth the extra cost. Why? Well, here are some basic facts about organic food you might want to know…
- Organic food is usually produced without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, or food additives.
- Food labeled ‘organic’ must be certified by the government or certain private groups.
- Organic food is not radiated, so it tends to have a much shorter shelf life. This means that it’s also usually much fresher.
- There is evidence suggesting that organic food contains higher levels of certain minerals.
- Organic fruit and vegetables are pesticide-free, but not calorie-free or sugar-free. So, they’re safer, but not necessarily healthier.
- Same thing with being better for the environment: the lack of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers is a plus point, but there are other farming practices that are not exactly eco-friendly.
- Another myth is that by buying organic food, you’re supporting small-time independent farmers. Unfortunately, organic food is a huge business run by large corporations.