Whenever I tell someone I eat organic food, the first comment I get is "Organic food is so expensive!" This is just one of the myths people have about eating organic. Here are 8 myths about organic eating.
MYTH #1 Organic Food Is Expensive
Not any more! Organic food is becoming more popular and accessible than past years. I remember when I couldn't find organic food or produce in my local food store. I didn't have a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods locally.
But times have changed. My local grocery store has increased selection and along with the increased selection is better pricing. Often, I find organic produce cheaper than non-organic produce. Even the news is reporting a drop in organic prices. "One reason organic premiums are falling is the increase in products on the shelves. Organics used to be confined to health food stores and high-end groceries like Whole Foods, but mainstream stores are increasingly offering them." (Source: MarketWatch)
It is like anything - you have to know your prices. Buying produce when it is in season will give you the best price. Look for coupons! A lot of organic food products provide coupons regularly. Also, try to buy in bulk. The local club store has added a lot of organic products and when you buy in large quantities, you save!
MYTH #2 Organic Food Is Not Healthier Than Non-Organic
There are debates about this myth and studies that provide some insights. For example, a study was performed on the effect of eating organic food and likelihood of getting cancer. Middle-aged UK women were followed for 9.3 years and asked about their organic food eating through a questionnaire.
The women were to report if they ate organic food as never, sometimes, or usually/always. There was a significant reduction in the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the women who usually/always consume organic food compared to those who never consume organic food. (Source: NIH)
MYTH #3 You Have to Eat 100% Organic Food If You Want To Follow An Organic Lifestyle
While I eat organic, I am not 100% organic. I strive to make 80% of every meal with organic ingredients. The truth is some ingredients and foods I simply can't find organic. It doesn't mean I am going to cut them out of my routine. I do my best with what is available. Remember, it is the long term trend that matters. So if some days you eat 60% organic and others you eat 100%, that is perfectly fine.
MYTH #4 Organic Doesn't Taste As Good As Non-Organic
The truth is organic foods taste better than non-organic. The best way to experience this is to do a taste test at home. Buy an organic and non-organic fruit or vegetable. Taste both of them, one at a time. The organic always has a better flavor.
Why? Pesticides in fruits and vegetables kill the nutrients not only in the fruit or vegetable but also in the soil. When fruits and vegetables are growing, they use the nutrients from the soil to give flavor to the end result. When the soil is depleted of nutrients, the fruit or vegetable tastes bland.
MYTH #5 Organic Is Not Regulated
The USDA Organic Symbol is the only way to make sure the food is truly organic. There are a lot of times I see a product labeled organic but it doesn't have the USDA seal. That means the food has been processed in some way that the US Government will not approve it for the use of the organic seal.
This happens when ingredients are not available as organic. Similar to Myth #3, we may or may not be able to eat a meal that is 100% organic. Products can be made with half organic ingredients (as listed in the ingredient listing on the back of the product) and half non-organic. It is up to you to decide if you want to buy that product. Half the ingredients being organic may be the best you can find.
MYTH #6 Organic Food Cannot Keep The Gut Healthy
Our gut is the single most important system in our body. When the gut cannot fight bad bacteria it affects the rest of our body. 70% of our immune system lives in the gut. If the gut is unhealthy, we are more likely to get sick with a virus or flu.
Recently a study compared organic apples to non-organic apples. The comparison showed not only was bacteria more diverse in organic production, but it was also associated with the presence of so-called “good” bacteria Lactobacillus, a common probiotic. (Source: Healthline) When food contains a more diverse range of good bacteria, our gut is provided an large source of good bacteria to keep it healthy.
How do you know if your gut is unhealthy? Does any of this sound like you?
👉Diarrhea and/or constipation
👉Bloating and gas
👉Congestion, coughing, wheezing
👉Brain fog, difficulty recalling words, short term memory issues
👉Headaches and migraines
👉Acne and itchy skin
👉Tired all the time
👉Sensitivity to fragrances and chemicals
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MYTH #7 Buying Non-GMO food is as good as buying Organic
Even I fell into this trap when I started going plant-based and eating more vegetable based products. Sorry but it's not! The problem is even if a food is certified non-GMO, it was still grown or processed with chemicals and pesticides. Organic food is not grown with chemicals and pesticides and is prohibited to use GMO ingredients.
MYTH #8 Food labeled as Organic without the USDA Organic symbol is Organic
I see products that are labeled organic but do not have the USDA Organic symbol on it. I also find products that have statements such as "Made with Organic Wheat" but do not have the USDA Organic symbol. If the food does not have the symbol, then it is not organic.
When companies identify that there are some ingredients that are organic but do not have the USDA Organic symbol, it means that other ingredients in the food are not. This doesn't mean you can't eat the food but just be aware that the food is not organic.
I hope I've helped you learn more about eating organic food and how it can be beneficial to your health. The truth is eating foods that are full of chemicals creates toxins in our body. Toxins that create illness and disease. While you may not be able to eat 100% organic, striving for at least 80% at every meal will significantly help your body get healthy.
Do you eat organic? Let me know by leaving a comment below.