Facts about organic foods
Between 1990 and 2000 the organic market in Europe grew at average of 25 per cent a year to reach an annual turnover of £6 billion by April 2000.1 Growth within the UK has been particularly strong in recent years with a five-fold increase in market value in only 5 years. There is a growing shift in consumer purchasing towards organic food.
Synthetic pesticides are not allowed in organic foods.
Boosts your immunity
Organic food contains 6% more vitamin C, which is needed to fight off bacteria and keep your body illness-free.
Organic tomatoes, according to a study at the University of California, are produced in an environment that has a lower nutrient supply, since nitrogen-rich chemical fertilizers are not added. This leads to excessive formation of antioxidants such as quercetin (79% higher) and kaempferol (97% higher) in organic tomatoes. As we all know, antioxidants are good for health and help in reducing heart diseases
Nutrients are higher
As organic foods aren’t over-fertilized, organic fruit and veg come in smaller portions but are packed with more antioxidants. According to the Soil Association: “A switch to consuming organic crops would allow a 20-40% increase in antioxidant consumption” (that’s equivalent to one to two of your five-a-day). Plus, the benefits come without more calories in, bonus!
According to the Environmental Working Group; strawberries contain twenty synthetic pesticides. The analysis was based on more than 36,000 samples collected by the The United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. All of the produce was washed prior to examination.It was also peeled if appropriate.
Organic bananas grow high up in trees where they are generally safer from rodents, animals, and certain bugs; therefore they are sprayed less with pesticides and herbicides than some other foods typically are. Banana skins can be used in teas - and is loaded with beneficial magnesium and potassium which can help with sleep disturbances
Reduced pesticides in urine
Traces of pesticides in urine have been found to decrease significantly among people, particularly children, who moved from a conventional to an organic diet. The findings come from a study involving two Japanese families, commissioned by Greenpeace Japan, and which backs up similar research into lower pesticide exposure in individuals who consume organic food.
A number of studies show that when nitrates, a common element of artificial fertilisers, are converted to nitrosamines they may be carcinogenic.The nitrate content of organically grown crops is significantly lower than in conventionally grown products