Nowadays, there are so many people who are striving to find the “perfect diet”. In this sense, organic products are becoming increasingly important. But how come? Are they really better foods, from a nutritional point of view?
In this article we will help you to learn more about organic products , trying to reveal the advantages and disadvantages of consuming these foods. If you want to start incorporating into your eating routine, then, read on!
Organic products: what they are and why to eat them
By organic food we mean a food that is minimally processed and does not contain artificial ingredients or preservatives, nor has it been subjected to ionizing radiation.
They can also be defined more broadly as:
Therefore, this term does not refer only to a type of product, but mostly defines a way of life. In short, it is a lifestyle choice that is based on a way of eating different from industrial standards and where the production and management of food (grown or bred) takes place in an ecological way.
Advantages of organic products
No fertilizers, chemical pesticides or transgenic seeds are used in the production of organic products. However, it is not possible to exclude the total absence of contamination, since the harmful substances can, at times, be found directly in the soil, in the irrigation water or even fall together with the rain.
They maintain the original nutritional and flavor qualities, are balanced foods, rich in nutrients and must comply with strict quality controls to protect the consumer.
They promote animal and plant biodiversity and maintain the habitat of local animals and wild flora.
In organic farming, the land is fertilized and the problem of desertification is stopped thanks to the abandonment of monocultures. Furthermore, producing organic products does not pollute the aquifers since no pesticides or other chemical materials are used.
Although further studies are underway, it has been shown that many organic products (especially fruit and vegetables) have a higher content of vitamins and minerals, than conventional ones, due to their lower water content.
Although they are not real “nutrients”, these foods contain a greater amount of enzymes, antioxidants and biologically active substances (such as polyphenols, flavonoids, etc.).
Disadvantages of organic products
They are harder to find
You can find such products in alternative grocery stores, consumer co-ops and some sections of large commercial areas. But organic products are usually not available in more traditional stores.
They look worse
Most organic or organic products have better organoleptic properties than traditional ones, but the fact that they are grown or produced without chemical preservatives makes them “uglier” than other products. The appearance and dimensions, more natural but which do not correspond to the image created artificially by the advertisement, can alienate potential consumers.
Organic products cost more
An element to take into consideration is the price of organic products, compared to traditional ones, which is the real brake for the development of the sector. You have probably already noticed that foods such as milk or others double or triple their price, if produced by 100% organic farms or companies.
One reason is the need to look for alternatives to fertilizers and pesticides, which means more machinery and manpower.
Furthermore, being little known products, there is low demand, which leads to low production, increasing distribution and transport costs.
Are organic products healthier?
After all this information we will analyze if organic foods are truly healthier than traditional foods.
We previously commented that some fruits and vegetables have a higher vitamin and mineral content, as a result of their low water content.
Despite this, further studies on the subject are needed to affirm it with scientific certainty. An abundant and varied consumption of traditional vegetables, fruits and vegetables will give you all those vitamins and minerals that the body needs. Without forgetting the rest of the food groups such as legumes, whole and whole grains, nuts, eggs, etc.
It must be said that organic products are certainly healthier, if produced in the absence of contamination, chemicals and fertilizers.
However, in terms of nutritional value, foods that come from organic farming or cultivation, consumed with the same frequency and the same quantity as traditional ones, should in theory not involve any added value in terms of well-being or improved health.
It can certainly be said that preferring the consumption of organic products, mainly, is the best way to reduce the environmental impact, to ensure respect and greater care for animals and land, as well as the development of local economic realities.