Organic food is everywhere these days. No longer will you find it on one small shelf at the back of your supermarket. We are presented with soft pastel colouring on cutesy packaging, coupled with assurances from a wide variety of celebs and scientists that it will change our lives.
What exactly are the benefits of eating organic?
Doing some basic research here will always work in your favour: you don’t want to be that person at a dinner party who proudly talks about their diet without understanding the fundamentals!
What are the benefits of organic food?
Organic food tends to have a shorter shelf life. By extension it is fresher and will very often taste better.
The foods contain fewer pesticides, and organically farmed meat and poultry are not raised on a diet of antibiotics, growth hormones and Genetically Modified Organisms.
✓ Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) can make certain crops resistant to insecticides, and occasionally allow them to produce insecticides of their own.
Studies of them, however, are still in their infancy. There is no long-term evidence that can definitively say whether they are safe or not.
✓ Assertions that GMOs are safe are coming from the often vested interests of huge companies, as well as the government bodies linked to them.
This is an argument that is not free from bias.
Why should I be choosing organic over non-organic?
Some recent studies have asserted that, even in small doses, pesticides present in non-organic food may increase the risk of disease.
As some would say, if you avoid smoking because of carcinogens being placed in the body, it would be similar to the idea of placing impurities found in non-organic food.
✓ Organic food is commonly known to be free from the pesticides, artificial fertilisers, herbicides.
✓ Organic agriculture is based on traditional farming, and it uses sustainable methods: composting, crop rotations and weeding the ‘good old-fashioned way’.
Is non-organic really all that bad?
That is not to say, however, that artificial ingredients can be inherently evil. It is nearly impossible to produce some through organic methods.
If you are one of those people who weighs everything to the gram, has to obsessively tweak your meal plan to hit your macros on a daily basis, and goes into cold sweats at the thought of enjoying a drop of booze on a cheat day…
Then you may not wish to consume the trace amounts of hormones from non-organic meat either.
Take Home Message
Businesses are now accommodating gluten free and vegan diets, so shopping organic is now firmly ingrained into our shopping habits…It is no longer confined to the realms of your average health food nut!
Myprotein Organic Range
Certified by The Soil Association
Myprotein are proud to announce that our entire Naturals range is certified by one of the UK’s leading organic certification bodies – it’s none other than The Soil Association!
The Soil Association have an outstanding reputation for their clear passion to examine individual products to ensure all food products are derived from the best possible sources – and for that, we’re 100% privileged to have teamed up with them.
We’ve pulled out all of the stops to ensure that our products are included in the 70% of all Soil’s organically certified foods in the UK! Our customers will be provided with high quality, organically grown, minimally processed food products in order to provide maximal health benefits!
Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you're concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.