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Unveiling Nature’s Bounty: A Deep Dive Into the Beauty of Organic Foods and Their Impact on Health

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Organic farming has plenty of benefits for the environment and livestock. It aims to cut pollution and promote self-sustaining practices. However, it’s not just the land, animals, and the planet that reap the rewards. You can experience several health benefits when consuming organic produce.

Taking care of ourselves is a top priority, and what we eat plays a significant role in feeling good. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what nature has to offer. We explore organic foods, what types you can eat, and the benefits you can expect when it comes to your health.

What Are Organic Foods?

When you hear the term organic foods, it’s all about how they were grown or farmed. Organic farming methods don’t include artificial fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, or radiation. Another factor that sets these methods apart from conventional methods is that genetic modifications aren’t used, and neither are antibiotics or growth hormones.

Priorities include providing healthy living conditions for livestock, with access to the outdoors. Plants in the fields are rotated to improve soil quality, and natural pest control methods are used.

The USDA has strict standards when it comes to organic produce. Thanks to the certification program, when you see food labeled as organic, you know it meets certain criteria. When choosing, look out for labels that say 100% organic and organic, which means at least 95% of the ingredients meet the standard.

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Types of Organic Foods You Can Enjoy

Since organic is a method of farming, when you buy foods with the organic label, you’ll be consuming a range of products. They can be eaten as whole foods or made into other organic products. Before we look into the impact these foods can have, we share the types of foods that bring you health benefits.

Meat and Dairy

Dairy products, such as meat, cheese, and milk, are an excellent way to receive the benefits of organic produce. For example, some studies have shown that there’s less saturated fat compared to non-organic milk. The better conditions for livestock, with time spent outdoors, are passed on to you.

Fruit and Vegetables

One of our key sources of nutrition that contributes to staying healthy is fruit and vegetables. While research into this area requires more time and attention, there’s evidence to show that organic fruits and vegetables are more nutritious. Whether it’s grapes, onions, or broccoli, they do you good, and organic does even more.

Seeds, Grains, and Nuts

Another part of our diet that can deliver a big hit of much-needed vitamins and minerals is our snacks. When you choose organic almonds or pumpkin seeds for making your granola, you’re getting that extra healthy hit. It applies to grains, too, which means you can choose organic cereals and flours.

Positive Impacts of Organic Foods

When it comes to your health, the little things all add up. Choosing organic is one approach that you can combine with staying hydrated and gentle exercise to stay in tip-top shape. Plus, the health benefits from vitamins give you an added boost. It’s time to find out what specific types of boosts you can get from organic food.

Healthy Fats

Organic meat and dairy bring multiple health boosts. The main focus is on healthy fats. Studies have shown that eggs, milk, cheese, and meats have lower saturated fat. However, the organic farming approach increased the percentage of unsaturated fat, but not the calories!

In particular, you’ll get a boost in omega-3 fatty acids. Research into these fats has focused on links to improved mental health, reduced risk for heart disease, and reduced inflammation. They’re incredibly important for your brain and your body. Not only is this type of fat healthier than others, but it can help you maintain healthy skin.

Limit Repeated Exposure to Pesticides

Non-organic produce can have pesticide residue. While synthetic pesticides are safe for use, there could be harms associated with repeated exposure. Some studies have linked pesticides to ADHD prevalence, developmental delays, and reduced sperm quality, while others have been labeled as probable carcinogens.

 

Taking all that into account, it makes sense to avoid produce that’s been treated with pesticides. They’re used in conventional farming methods, so choosing organic means your food will have no or low levels. That’s because farmers use natural methods, including traps, to prevent pests from destroying crops.

More Antioxidants

When people think of organic produce, it’s often fruits and vegetables that come to mind. Perhaps that’s because it’s one of the most important areas where you can reap the rewards of choosing organic. Vitamins and other nutrients are what make doctors recommend you get at least five a day, if not more, but what if you could boost that?

Research has shown that certain fruits and vegetables grow to produce more of certain healthy phytochemicals. In particular, levels of antioxidants and flavonoids, which have multiple health benefits, are higher in produce such as onions.

Lower Levels of Toxic Metals

Plants are an important part of the food chain. How they’re grown and what they contain matters as even if we don’t eat them, the chicken that we eat might have! The soil contains a toxic metal called cadmium, which can be absorbed by crops and then by the animals that eat them.

The good news is that organic crops, particularly grains, have much lower levels of cadmium, according to the latest research. It’s just another way that choosing organic gives you more control over the good and bad things that go into your body.

The Bottom Line

Knowing what you’re putting into your body is an excellent way for you to take control of your health. While choosing foods with the right nutrients and that aren’t too fattening is a top priority, it’s often the smaller things that add up to make a difference.

One aspect to consider is going organic. Nature provides what our body needs, and we can take advantage of that by being selective about where our grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and dairy come from.

Kokou Adzo is the editor and author of Startup.info. He is passionate about business and tech, and brings you the latest Startup news and information. He graduated from university of Siena (Italy) and Rennes (France) in Communications and Political Science with a Master's Degree. He manages the editorial operations at Startup.info.

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