Thursday, April 9, 2009

Understanding Organic Food

There is a whole lot of emphasis being put on buying organic food today. Many stores advertise organic food as the only true alternative when it comes to buying healthy. When it comes to the food you feed yourself and your family, it is only natural to want the best for everyone. This takes into consideration many things but primarily because you want to avoid consuming artificial flavors, fillers, excess fat and other things that non-organic food may contain.

When it comes to understanding organic food and which foods you want to buy or don't want to buy, there are some factors that you should consider:

Appearance and quality
Organic foods are required to meet the same standards as conventional foods. The difference is how they are produced and processed. For example, organic fruit may spoil quicker because it doesn't have any wax on it.

Environment
Organic farmers grow their food with benefits to the environment such as conserving water and reducing pollution. As a result, organic food tends to cost more because the procedures to grow the food are more expensive.

Pesticides
Even though pesticides only pose a small health risk, many people choose to buy organic food because pesticides are not used. When conventional farmers spray their crops, a residue is left on the food.

Nutrition
This is one area that is arguably not confirmed. Thus far, The USDA certifies organic food but there is no proof that organic food contains more nutrition than conventionally grown food.

Taste
This is purely a personal perspective and must be decided in the same manner; personally and subjectively to your own tastes. Some people claim that the taste is a noticeable difference. Other people claim with the same adamancy, that there is no difference in taste. You have to decide for yourself.

Cost
Let's face it, you already know that most organic food are higher priced than their non-organic competitor. Framing procedures, government regulations and small crops all have a direct bearing on the price. The bottom line with cost is about what price you are willing to pay to make some of the more health conscious choices that are available in organic foods.

Understanding organic foods can also give reference to taking time to read the labels of packaged organic foods and comparing the ingredients to non-organic foods. Some foods that claim to be organic may simply have some organic ingredients.