Everything You Need to Know About Organic Food

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As we begin the new year, many of us will change one thing for 2017. If losing weight, exercising more and eating healthy are on your list then you’re not alone, a recent poll showed these as the most popular resolutions chosen by the British public.

One way to achieve these lifestyle goals can be simply tweaking one thing in your daily routine. We’re asking you to consider the health benefits from organic food.

Here at The Pure Package, we only cook with organic, free range and ethical produce. Our meat is grass-fed, our fish is sourced from sustainable stocks and we never use GM products. Despite divided opinions on the organic vs non-organic debate, we firmly believe organic is the way to go.

Why is organic food better for us?

  • Antioxidants

According to recent ground-breaking research from the British Journal of Nutrition, organically grown produce is 19%- 60% higher in antioxidants compared to conventionally grown fruit, vegetables and cereals. This is the equivalent to 1-2 extra servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

Why? It’s thought plants produce antioxidants as a result of external stress, these high antioxidant levels could suggest a strong resistance response from organic plants to overcome damage from pests and diseases.

  • Pesticides

Despite, popular belief, pesticides are used in organic methods of farming. However, the key difference is they’re natural and limited in numbers. In the UK, only 8 pesticides are allowed in organic farming compared with 320 synthetic ones. The same study above found conventional crops were four times more likely to have pesticide residue than organic plants. Moreover, the toxic heavy metal known as cadmium was on average 48% lower in organic crops.

  • Environmentally Friendly

Organic farming is much more considerate to our environment. Their methods reduce nasty pesticides, preserving the nearby wildlife and reducing pollutants in groundwater and rivers. In fact, these areas can attract more wildlife and encourage biodiversity to the area including wild flora and fauna.

  • We were designed to eat organic, natural food

We believe food should be as natural as possible. When our food is digested in its simplest form, our bodies are able to process the nutrition available, rather than trying to break down other unnecessary additives, including artificial sweeteners, colourings and preservatives.

  • If you only go organic with one produce, choose milk

Again, the debate is out on this one, however evidence shows organic milk has numerous benefits over its conventional counterpart. It contains fewer chemicals, can improve heart health with more omega-3 fatty acids and has been shown to have higher levels of iron and Vitamin E.

If you’ve never gone for organic food, then perhaps make it your health change for 2017, even if you choose to make a few swaps. If you’ve been going organic for years, then keep it up.

Happy New Year!