Eating organic food contributes greatly to the improvement of your overall health. With that, it shouldn’t be a surprise to know more and more people are becoming keen on healthy choices. Consumers of organically grown food in Singapore has been on the rise, prompting U.S. itself to be Singapore’s largest supplier in 2015 to meet increasing demands.
Organic produce has been linked to having high prices, but the situation has changed entirely now that there is an increasing number of local farms who offer their greens and other produce for affordable prices. According to the U.S. National Organic Program, organic foods are produced without the use of conventional pesticides or fertilizers. Products like organic meat, eggs, dairy products, and poultry come from animals which were not given antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones.
This article will present reasons why it is ideal for you to consume organic foods on the daily, with some of them tracing back to the findings of various scientific studies.
Reduce Risk of Diseases
Pesticide residues can still remain in the food that we eat especially if they are not grown organically. Studies has shown that the presence of chemical residues in food links to a number of diseases such as reproductive dysfunctions, autism, and asthma. On the other side of the spectrum, eating organic food has tremendous health benefits. It reduces obesity and type 2 diabetes, to name a few.
People who have not experienced food allergies were found out to develop an allergic reaction to foods with pesticide residues on them. Unlike organic food, foods which were exposed to various weed-killing chemicals are associated with a higher level of food sensitivity. Chemicals used for pesticides such as dichlorophenols may be to blame behind the sudden allergic reaction.
As you age, your body’s ability to produce antioxidants takes on a decline. Antioxidants are essential to your health and they can be acquired through eating organic foods. These micronutrients are used by the body as a shield and a defense against attacks from reactive oxygen species or ROS. They also help in resisting the damage brought by pollutants and free radicals the body acquires during metabolism.
Eating organic has been proven to improve the food’s nutritional value and contributes majorly to early childhood development. There are negative effects of pesticide-laden foods on a child’s cognitive development. To minimize these adverse effects from happening, eating organic food during pregnancy and early infancy is encouraged instead.
When a produce is grown organically without the use of pesticides and artificial fertilizers, its taste is enhanced also. Higher antioxidant levels in organic food affects food qualities such as taste, mouthfeel, and even aroma. When yearning for intense flavors, organic produce provides accentuated and flavorful fruits and vegetables.