There are many people who have willingly switched to eating organic vegetables, fruits and other produce. They claim to be doing better, health wise, and have noticed remarkable changes in their bodily functions and energy levels. Can organic food be harmful despite all claims and user reports?
Organically produced foods are grown in a different environment, unlike regular produce. An environment that is devoid of pesticides, synthetic chemicals, chemical growth promoters, hormones, poisoned dirt/earth is ideal for growing organic foods.
However, it may not be likewise always.
The growing popularity of organic produce is, understandably, because of all claims – it is healthy! There are people that even claim that organic food taste better than usual food. But, the big question is – is it true? Is it healthier? Is it worth the cost (almost three times the price of regular food)?
Anything, which is grown without chemicals, pesticides and genetic modification, which do not contain any synthetic products or artificial additives, is called organic.
Pesticides, the greatest cause of concern, are contained in all sorts of foods, whether organic or inorganic. There are certain benefits of using synthetic pesticides – they are extensively tested and they don’t have any significant negative impact on human health. However, higher amount of pesticides are often used in fishes, which can be toxic. It is also used in organic fish, poultry and other meats. Studies reveal that the level of biotoxins and pesticides in conventional foods and organic foods is almost the same; there is hardly any difference.
Measuring the levels of pesticides and toxins is all good and healthy, but does it make organic food healthier? According to a study conducted by the Quality Low Input Food (QLIF), it was found that organic food contained higher levels of beneficial things, while the level of bad things were lower.
According to studies by the Food Standards Agency of UK, consumers may opt for organic foods as they believe that organic produce is likely to be more nutritious compared to other foods. Nonetheless, latest scientific evidence doesn’t support the view. After months of research, the Food Standards Agency revealed that there is no scientific evidence good enough to state that organic food consumption is beneficial to human health with respect to its nutrient content.
About taste, organic food tastes slightly different from regular resources. This is often used as a trump card. One should be skeptical about such claims, as taste is one such thing that can make you believe just about anything. Opinions related to taste are often subjective; it isn’t a reliable way of answering questions. Conveniently, studies show that people have been biased with respect to organic foods and they have their own subjective opinions about taste.
However, there are many more studies that make just the opposite claims. In such studies, people failed to distinguish the differences between the taste of conventional and organic foods.
One of the most troubling aspects of organic foods is that most organizations promote false information and people believe it. Because organic food is preached as nutritious and healthier alternative to conventional foods, manufacturers are banking on unrealistic, unreliable and false claims, which harm their consumers.
In conclusion, only a few studies have shown proven benefits of organic produce, while an overwhelming majority suggests that there is a negligible difference between conventional foods and organic items.