21 October 2011

Organic Foods

Most of the people do not have clear cut idea regarding the organic foods. Organic foods are those foods that are produced, processed and packaged without using chemicals. Organic foods are free of pesticides. They doesn’t have any synthetic additives. They are natural foods have grown with more conscious for health of soil, the plants and people who consume them. They have significantly higher levels of nutrients and supply to the body when we eat . Organic foods retains the nutrients for longer periods of time. The problem with today’s diet they are filled with refined and junk foods which contain more amount of empty calories and harmful chemicals. And so your body nutritional requirements are not met and it ends up with obesity and diseases. The quality of health and quantity of life can be improved by organic foods.
Health Benefits of organic foods:
  • Organic foods are more nutritious as they supply high level of nutrients required by the body. They are richer in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.
  • Organic foods contain more antioxidants: Fruits and vegetables grown organically show higher levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants. These fresh Fruits and vegetables are more juicy and full- flavored. They also taste better than non - organic foods.
  • Organic foods ensures environment safety as these foods doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals in farming , there is minimal soil, air and water pollution.
  • Organic foods are free of additives, flavourings and preservatives used in processing.
  • Eating organic foods reduces the amount of toxic substances that you are exposing to your body. It reduces your susceptibility to cancer, Parkinson’s ,allergies etc.
  • Organic meat, eggs, dairy products are produced from animals that are fed organic feed. Livestock and poultry are given all organic feeds. No antibiotics, feed grown with pesticides and hormones given to animals.
  • Organic foods do not contain genetically modified organisms.
  • Children are more susceptible to the harmful effects of chemicals, and prone to various diseases as their immune system is not at developed .Eating organic foods provides health benefits to children.
IMPORTANT ORGANIC FOODS TO EAT AND THEIR MAIN NUTRIENTS ARE PRESERVED:
As we know we are what we eat. Eating safe foods, free from pesticides keeps us healthy. Here are some of the foods which we may have to choose organic -
  1. Milk: In today’s some of the commercial brands available are loaded with growth hormones and antibiotics. Make sure milk and other dairy products is from organically fed cows.
  2. Apples: still pesticides are used are on apples .Eat only organic apples. The main nutrient of apple is vitamin c.
  3. Straw berries: The main nutrient vitamin C.
  4. Spinach: The main nutrient iron, vitamins A and C.
  5. Peaches: The main nutrient A and C.
  6. Cherries: The main nutrient Vitamin C.
  7. Pears: Main nutrients are Vitamin A, Potassium
  8. Green Beans: Carotenoids ,potassium
Above mentioned are only some the examples that we should eat organic foods. As organic foods are free from pesticides the main nutrients like Vitamin A, C, Iron, Potassium, Carotenoids etc. are not destroyed.