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Trends: Why organic food is all the rage

SUNDAY MAGAZINE
By Esther Muchene | November 28th 2021

The buzz around organic foods has been steadily increasing in recent years. [Courtesy]

If you can’t remember the last time you had a really sweet crunchy pear or a mouthwatering watermelon dripping in seeds, you are not alone.

The buzz around organic foods has been steadily increasing in recent years and for a good reason.

People are starting to pay more attention to the quality of food they consume.

There are proven differences between organic food, meaning foods that have been produced without the interference of potentially harmful substances and foods that have had some sort of interference like genetically modified foods.

On the surface they may look the same but they are nutritionally not the same.

Let us have a look at organic foods and what you need to know about them.

More nutritional benefits

Studies have shown that organic foods tend to be richer in nutritional value based on the various tests that have been done.

You’re more likely to get more antioxidants and vitamins from fruits and vegetables, more fatty acids in organic meat and dairy products as well as other nutritional benefits.

Although modified foods aren’t always completely void of nutritional benefits, there is still a gap when compared to organically grown foods.

Hormonal balance

A concern about modified foods is their ability to cause hormonal imbalance. This is worrying because our bodies naturally have a specific chemical balance that keeps us physically and emotionally healthy.

With organic foods, there is a lesser chance of experiencing hormonal shifts that can cause mood swings, blood pressure issues, unwanted weight gain and other concerns. This is especially critical in life stages like pregnancy, early childhood and later stages in life.

Less heavy metal and chemical contamination

Generally speaking, there are barely any foods that aren’t exposed to chemicals at one point whether organic or not. Also, there are naturally occurring metals like cadmium which is found in soil.

But there could still be a huge possibility of toxic metals and chemical concentrations especially in synthetic fertilizers and harmful pesticides which are widely used.

Several studies have shown an increase in the risk of cancer and other illnesses caused by use of these dangerous chemicals which continue to face ethical concerns.

Better taste

Eating food is an experience that should help you feel good by providing you with health benefits while allowing you to be happy because food is meant to be enjoyed too.

In many cases while shopping, we rush for the beautiful healthy-looking fruits and veggies only to be disappointed when you taste them. There are so many conventionally produced foods that look better than they taste which isn’t a good sign at all.

With organic foods, however, you feel like you’re getting more value for your money because the food simply tastes better. They might look less appealing because of the reduced shelf life they have but they’re usually packed with more flavor.

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