There is a lot of talk around the whole area of organic foods and whether or not you should be converting to organic or whether conventional food is just as healthy. It can all get pretty confusing, so here’s some guidelines and tips to help you make informed decisions about it all.

What are the benefits of organic?

  • Better for the environment
  • Safer (especially for children) – free from antibiotics, hormones etc.
  • Much lower or missing harmful herbicides, fungicides and pesticides
  • Thought to have higher levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
  • Free from Genetic Modification (GMO)
  • Often tastes better

What are the negatives of Organic?

  • Price
  • Availability
  • Accessibility

Although there are only three real negatives, these are all potential deal-breakers, as if you can’t afford it or get easy access to it, then there’s a high chance that you won’t bother.

Which foods are most important to eat organic?

Most of us aren’t able to fully convert to organic food, so it’s helpful to know which foods are the key ones to try and change. At HealthFuel we like to use the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen concept* which highlights the fruit and vegetables you are best to change and those you don’t need to worry about as much.

 

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Where animal products are concerned (i.e. meat, dairy and eggs), buying organic gives peace of mind that they are raised without dangerous chemicals, growth hormones or antibiotics and feed on pesticide free pastures. Once again though, if it’s too expensive, try to buy ethical, free-range, hormone free options etc.

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Kylie Gerrard is a Scarborough-based wellness coach and the owner of the online store HealthFuel.

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