Organic food can be expensive, and it is certainly trendy. But are there dangers associated with eating non-organic (conventional) foods? Absolutely.
People who choose organic food tend to be healthier overall and have healthier diets, possibly because the act of consciously choosing organic makes you more aware of your health.
Conventional producers say organic eaters are just following a trend and are not educated enough to trust the FDA and the producers to keep them safe.
Here are five reasons that you should choose organic. Anti-vaxxers might just want to reconsider their stance when after you read this. Number one is shocking on many levels, from medical to political. And numbers three and four were just depressing (and explained a lot!).
Pesticides Cause Autism
Pesticides are linked to cognitive development issues. One widely used pesticide, chlorpyrifos, is used conventional US crops. Residue is found on corn, nectarines, peaches, cucumbers, almonds, oranges, bananas, and apples. Exposure to chloropyrifos is linked to autism and ADHD.
It is so dangerous that it was banned for household use in 2000 and from agricultural use in 2016. In 2017, the Trump administration reversed the ban. Despite federal courts enforcing the ban in 2018, it will be in use until at least 2023.
Conventional Foods Cause Cancer
People who eat organic food have a significant reduction in the risk of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Why? Possibly because people who eat organic food have overall healthier diets. Or possibly because conventionally produced food uses antibiotics and growth hormones in meat and are often full of additives known to be carcinogenic.
Supposedly, the FDA regulates food additives. However, they are under pressure to rush through additives that may later be found to be harmful. Many countries ban cancer-causing additives that the FDA still allows.
Conventional Food Makes You Fat
People who eat organic food have a lower BMI increase over time when compared to people who don’t eat organic food.
These results are possibly because people who eat organic generally eat a healthier diet. Or possibly because of all the pesticides, heavy metals, trans fats, growth hormones, and other additives found in conventional food.
Changing your diet from conventional to organic may help you lose weight. Again, the exact whys are not clear, but the effect is!
Conventional Food Makes You Sick
When 62,000 people were asked about their health and their diet, people who ate more organic food had a lower incidence of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and cardio-vascular disease.
Conventional food contains trans fats which are linked to all those conditions. Despite a ban on trans fats beginning in 2018, check out offerings in the grocery store – you’ll find trans fats lurking everywhere. Organic food does have natural trans fats, but these are far less dangerous than the conventional variety.
Conventional Food = Health Issues
Conventional food producers argue that since even organic produce uses pesticides that pesticides aren’t a problem. Instead, researchers found that switching children from a conventionally grown produce to organically grown produce for 5 days caused organophosphate levels in their bodies to drop significantly.
One study looked at mothers who exclusively ate organic food including dairy during pregnancy and nursing. At age two, infants had a 36% risk reduction for infant eczema. Since eczema is a sensitivity to irritants, perhaps they removed constant irritation by conventional food’s pesticide load.
Let’s face it, conventional food is dangerous for you. We are lab rats for the food industry who work hand in hand with the FDA to bring new food additives to the grocery store as quickly as possible. Often, it is only to find that some additives are dangerous or cause health problems.
Conventional food is linked to almost every health problem in the US, from cardio-vascular disease to diabetes to cancer.
If you can choose organic, you may want to. If you can’t, try to pick produce by choosing the Dirty Dozen organically and cutting down on meat consumption. Above all, avoid processed food. Even small changes will help you get healthier and feel better.