Organic Food: Scam?

Bonjour,

“Organic Food: Century’s Greatest Scam” was the recent title of a very popular European magazine. Well, some journalists tend to love these bold statements, convinced they will hook more readers – and therefore attract more advertisers.Unfortunately in some cases these statements aren’t backed up by facts, which happens to be the case for organic foods.

Needless to say it upsets me. A lot.

Let’s get this right: if you’re serious about your health, organic foods can help you. A lot.

If you’re not convinced, here are four myths I want to debunk today, four myths that some use to stop you from buying organic foods.

Organic food myth #1: it is expensive.

organic4Organic food costs more to produce so it can be more expensive to buy: it requires more time and more manpower as it is based on less intensive farming methods.

However if you adopt a (delicious) diet for optimum health, you end up eating less animal food, which means that you’ll spend way less on food – in particular if you follow one of my principles: real, fresh, local food, which is always less expensive. Finally if you go to your local farmers market or go directly to the farmers, you’ll again save money.

No, a healthy organic diet won’t break the bank, and yes, you can afford organic food on a budget. My clients know how to do it every day.

Organic food myth #2: it is not more nutrient-dense.

Organic Food as seen by our grandparents...

Organic Food as seen by our grandparents…

Some magazines regularly publish studies showing that organic food doesn’t contain more nutrients than conventional food. Totally untrue!

A wealth of reliable research have proved many times that organic food can provide up to 30% more nutrients such as vitamins or minerals. Yes, 30% more!

In addition, one of the benefits of eating organic vegetables and fruits is that you can (should) eat the skin, the most nutrient-dense part. If you don’t eat organic, forget about eating the skin – and all its benefits- as it is loaded in pesticides and other chemicals (even if you wash them) causing a lot of harm to your health and waistline.

Organic food myth #3: it’s not healthier.

So true!

So true!

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Organic farmers usually don’t use pesticides, artificial fertilisers, GMO and feed their animals with organic food only and don’t use antibiotics or hormones.

Therefore their products are much higher in antioxidants vitamins A, B, C, critical to protect the cells against free radicals, roots of many diet-related diseases. In addition, no artificial additives, colorants, conservatives can be used so you can be sure you don’t end up with a lot of nasties.

Organic food myth #4: you need to eat 100% organic to get the benefits.

Not at all.

If I encourage my clients to eat as much organic as they can, I know it’s not always possible or affordable.

Here are three of many very simple tips I give them:

  1. Eggs, milk, butter, oil: always buy organic as conventional products are simply toxic, in particular if you eat a lot of them.
  2. Vegetables and fruits: follow the guide provided by EWG which gives you the Dirty Dozen (vegetables and fruits you need to buy organic) and the Clean 15 (vegetables and fruits you don’t need to buy organic).
  3. Use the directions below to wash vegetables and fruits that you don’t buy organic to get rid of the pesticides on the skin.

    Non organic food? Here's one of the solutions.

    Non organic food? Here’s one of the solutions.

Have a wonderful (and organic!) end of the week!

Yves

 

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