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What is Organic Food?
While the standards and certifications to deem products or produce at organic vary from country to country, the general gist is that organic products encourage environmental balance and biodiversity. Organic also means that the producer is unable to use synthetic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, industrial solvents, irradiation or chemical food additives in the production process.
Scientifically the benefits of buying and consuming organic produce have been well disputed in the past years. Finally however the argument for buying organic is becoming more and more persuasive.
Primarily, organically produced products are proven to have higher levels of free radical fighting antioxidants, plus vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and Selenium meaning that eating organic could possibly reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases. Further to this organic foods contain lower levels of nitrate and heavy metals such as cadmium(an ingredient in cigarettes) found in conventional food and previously linked to conditions such as kidney disease.
On the less scientific side, buying organic products should make you feel good too as it is less damaging to the environment, more ethical to livestock (when buying organic meat) and helps to support our local producers/small businesses.
Yep! While buying organic can be expensive it would be sensible to commit to buying organic wherever possible. Can’t afford it all of the time? No worries! Perhaps you can try to follow the “Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen” guidelines released by the Environmental Working Group each year and buy organic where they recommend. When I am on a strict budget I usually think about the produce I am purchasing logically and ask myself the question “will I be ingesting the “skin” or the outside of the produce?” Where the answer is yes I do my best to opt for organic over conventional.
Ladies, the same benefits and dangers apply when it comes to buying your cosmetics, perfumes, deodorants and skincare products. Take particular care when it comes to buying antiperspirant deodorant as the aluminium often contained in these products has been shown to deposit in the outer breast tissue (closest to the underarm) and may increase your risk for Breast Cancer. Knowing the devastating effect any kind of cancer can have on families, friends and entire communities I cant recommend strongly enough to buy natural and organic products wherever possible. You can check your current products or organic skincare products and cosmetics for risky ingredients online using Good Guide a website dedicated to breaking down the ingredients and processes of different products to give them a health, environment and social rating out of 10.
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