Top Three Reasons to Eat Organic

There’s a reason we choose certified organic ingredients for our Swell Bites. Not only does using organic ingredients resonate with our customers, but it makes a tastier, healthier and more sustainable product.

Today, eating organic is more common than ever, but if you’re wondering why or if it’s worth the higher price, read below to understand the top three reasons we choose organic whenever possible.

1. More Nutrients, Less Chemicals

Not only does eating organic tend to taste better, it also greatly increases the amount of nutrients you’re absorbing, and lessens the amount of toxins you ingest. Because of the nutrient rich and high quality soil certified organic foods must be grown in, your food ends up being denser, richer and healthier. Organic farming also means that far less pesticides end up in your food so you’re getting more vitamins and minerals, and less exposure to heavy metals and cancer causing chemicals.

Understandably, it’s not always affordable to buy all your products organic all the time. If you have to pick and choose, the following foods have the highest reported pesticide/chemical exposure rate and should be bought organically whenever possible:

  • Apples

  • Strawberries

  • Grapes

  • Celery

  • Peaches

  • Spinach

  • Sweet Bell Peppers

  • Nectarines

  • Cucumbers

  • Cherry Tomatoes

  • Snap Peas

  • Potatoes

  • Hot Peppers

  • Kale & Collard Greens

2. No Exposure to GMO’s

Eating whole, organic foods means you shouldn’t be exposed to eating GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms). GMO’s tend to be a controversial topic, with conflicting evidence about whether or not they’re harmful for your health. That being said, they have been banned in several countries, with most requiring them to be labeled. Since, the United States does not require GMO’s to be labeled, it can be difficult for consumers to know what they’re eating and hard for them to make an informed decision. Packaged foods can be especially difficult to navigate, but as long as the ingredients are all organic, they should be free from GMOs. This is one reason why we only  use whole, real, organically certified ingredients in our Swell bites.

Again, if eating organically is not 100% in the budget or accessible, we recommend at least switching out the following foods, which are the most likely to be GMO, if you want to avoid them:

  • Soy

  • Corn

  • Sugar Beets

  • Canola

  • Cotton

  • Rice

  • Alfalfa

  • Milk (when rBGH is added)

  • Zucchini and yellow squash

  • Papaya

3. Reduce your Carbon Footprint

In addition to organic foods being better for your overall health, they are also better for the planet. Eating organic means you’re most likely eating food that is more local, and supporting farmers closer to your home. These farmers use less environmental resources and because they are delivering their food locally, the environmental costs of shipping and packaging foods from long distances are cut down.

Eating organically also saves water, and lowers pollution. Since agriculture is reportedly the biggest detriment to the water quality of surrounding rivers and lakes, eating organically cuts down on water pollution. Further, it does much less damage to the soil and preserves the agricultural diversity of the land. Ultimately, our eco-systems, environmental resources, and bodies are less polluted by organic farming practices.


 

Bryan FlynnComment