“Every time we choose to buy an organic product we’re voting for a better food system.” said Jamie Oliver. We totally agree and that’s why here at As Nature Intended we are proud to stock over 3000 certified organic items!
Although the benefits of organic foods are countless, you are not supposed to go 100% organic all at once! But you can make small changes with a big impact every day! The Guardian shared an interesting article on 10 foods you should buy organic. Here below the list from the original article (here):
Annual testing and research find that non-organic strawberries regularly carry residues of many types of pesticides, including synthetic bug-killing chemicals and weedkillers. One sample of strawberries examined by USDA scientists contained residues of 22 different pesticides! Try to always choose organic berries, which are grown using fewer and natural pesticides and have more health benefits.
- Other fresh fruits
Research has found that organic fruit crops are from 18% to 69% higher in antioxidants and lower in potentially harmful chemicals and pesticides. Conventionally produced cherries, apples and applesauce also show a high prevalence of pesticides.
- Kale and spinach
Non-organic salad fixings often also come with traces of potentially unhealthy pesticide residues. Though kale is widely considered a popular health food, it may contain residues of up to 17 different pesticides! Non-organic spinach has also been found to carry residues of an insecticide called permethrin, which is linked to neurological effects in children.
Some conventional dairy operators give their cows a growth hormone to increase milk production. The hormone has been found to cause health problems in cows, including udder infections. The illnesses in turn trigger more use of antibiotics, increasing the risk of antibiotic resistance. Organic cows are naturally free range, and organic milk and dairy is nutritionally different from non-organic with 62% more omega-3 fatty acids and higher concentrations of iron and Vitamin E.
Non-organic chickens are often raised in tightly confined spaces with hundreds of other birds, causing health problems. The animals are often heavily dosed with antibiotics both because of illness and for growth promotion. Choosing organic chicken is the best way to make sure that animals are farmed to the highest welfare standards.
Eggs from organically raised hens benefits those who eat them as well as those who lay them. Organic eggs come from chickens raised on a diet free from most pesticides and not confined to tight cages.
Preservatives and other additives have been found to be almost four times higher in conventional bread than in organic bread.
Many non-organic oat farmers spray their crops with the herbicide glyphosate shortly before harvest in order to dry out the plants. The practice, called desiccation, has been shown to leave residues of glyphosate in finished oatmeal products.
Cattle fattened on feed lots instead of grass pastures live in crowded conditions and exist on a diet typically containing corn that has been treated with pesticides. The animals are often dosed with antibiotics to treat or prevent diseases common in conventional confinement operations, contributing to antibiotic resistance. Meat from organically raised, grass-fed cattle also generally has higher levels of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Conventional tofu typically comes from genetically modified soybeans sprayed directly with glyphosate weedkiller. Conventional soybean farmers are also increasingly using new varieties of GMO soybean seeds that are sprayed with other types of herbicides as well, leaving a weedkiller cocktail in finished foods.
In our shops and online store you can make a conscious choice every day! Choose organic!