ORGANIC VS NON-ORGANIC- IS IT REALLY WORTH IT?
It’s one of the things we’re commonly asked, so we’re sharing a segment from Max’s new book “Healthy Gut, Perky Butt” to explore why it is so important!
Let’s kick it off with a fun fact:
According to the British Journal of nutrition, organic is more nutrient dense- particularly organic, pasture raised meats, eggs, fruits and vegetables .
The thing that I find most fascinating is that organics actually never used to be a ‘thing’ because the foods and products we used and created from nature were already “organic”…
However the seduction of consumerism crept in and saw us wanting everything to be bigger, quicker, prettier, tastier (although I’d say organic foods taste sooo much better) and more readily available so we found synthetic ways to make that happen.
Which came with repercussions and now means we need labels and certification bodies to make sure that the things were consuming are indeed compliant with the laws of nature- and even then large corporations have found ways around telling consumers the truth of what’s in their products but thats a whole other story.
The dictionary defines organic as :
organic ɔːˈɡanɪk/ adjective 1.
relating to or derived from living matter. “organic soils”
synonyms: living, live, animate, biological, natural; technical biotic
2. (of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals.
synonyms: pesticide-free, additive-free, chemical-free, non-chemical, natural
Noun 1. a food produced by organic farming.
So basically it’s the process of growing food or resources as nature had intended- makes sense to me.
One of the other important things to note about organic particularly when it comes to animal products is that we should opt for grass or pasture raised.
Because this is again what nature had intended for these animals to eat, they’re digestive tracts and genetic makeup was never designed to divulge large amounts of grain.
But we clever humans discovered that feeding them this amplified their growth, made them fatter and obviously that meant more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, an amazing documentary that explores this in depth is Food Inc.
Unfortunately, this also meant that the inflammation in these animals dramatically increased and they started suffering infections and other digestive issues (yep animals can experience this too) which meant ANTIBIOTICS and that’s how we further developed antibiotic resistant diseases be- cause we’d been getting the antibiotics in our food supply!
Oh and that’s doesn’t even touch on chemicals like growth hormone but that’s a story for another time.
Another factor to consider is the massive impact chemical grown produce, products etc. have on our environment- the land, the people (even the ones who aren’t producing or eating these chemicals as a lot of them can create air borne residue travelling many km’s) the animals, the trees, the water- ALL of it!
With the creation of synthetic growing technics perishable items like fruit, veg and meats are now able to also hold a longer shelf life so we’re sending these foods half way round the world to the highest bidder.
Which further creates burden for the world around us and in turn means we aren’t really eating with the seasons.
Farmers are now also encouraged to produce more, so we’re depleting the soil of important minerals like magnesium- which now the majority of people are now deficient in.
Fun Fact: Magnesium contributes to over 300 bodily processes ranging from proper sleep and nervous system function, to digestion and energy production (just to name a few).
HOW DO WE KNOW IF A PRODUCT IS TRULY ORGANIC?
It’s simple, READ YOUR LABELS!
In Australia the laws are as such that a manufacturer can promote a product as being derived from ‘organic’ ingredients- even if it only has one organic ingredient.
For example: I came across a skincare lotion that said derived from ‘organic’ ingredients and upon inspection the product only had 2 organic ingredients among its list of 20- which we’re much further down the list.
The ingredients in the ingredients list are listed by percentage, so whatever the product contains most of goes first the second highest ingredient goes second etc.
Organic products also have to be approved by certification bodies in Australia the following exist:
NASAA Certified Organic
Organic Food Chain
Bio-Dynamic Research Institute (BDRI)
The Tasmanian Organic Producers (TOP)
Australian Certified Organic (ACO)
Bio-Dynamic Research Institute (BDRI)
Safe Food Production Queensland (SFQ)
If buying international products check the country of origins certification bodies to make sure its legit.
Organic products are more expensive and transitioning everything all at once can ignite feelings of overwhelm so when we started refining our lifestyle we did it in stages.
We looked at what was most important and for us that was sourcing organic, free-range meats and eggs followed by vegetables.
After that we began refining pantry staples like herbs, spices and oils.
Growing your own veggies is another awesome way to get more goodness into your body and local farmers markets are another awesome budget friendly option- plus you get to eat in season and connect with the farmers who grew your produce!
If going organic isn’t an option then I’ve included a list of the the fifteen vegetables that contain the least amount of chemical residue and the 12 vegetables that contain the most amount of chemical residue. - that way you can make informed decisions and choose the best possible options available!
You can also soak inorganic fruit and veg in ACV and filtered water (apple cider vinegar) to help remove any chemical residue.
Sweet Corn (watch for GMO but I also wouldn’t recom- mend this if gut issues are present)
Sweet Bell Peppers
Just like any lifestyle changes remember to start small, change what you can and bit by bit it will all add up!
For more info on Max’s new book head to amazon and dl it completely FREE until July 4/17.
S & M.x