Are Organic Foods Healthier?
“No food has higher amounts of beneficial minerals, essential amino acids and vitamins than organic food.”
- The King’s Fund, an independent medical charity
Organic and all-natural, whole foods are not only foods that avoid “bad things,” many scientists and nutritionists believe they are actually better for you and they offer true health benefits necessary for our body’s optimal physiological performance. One example of this optimal performance is the ongoing battle inside your body.
In one study, the difference in nutrient density of organic spinach versus conventional spinach was measured as 45 to 1. That means that one would have to eat 45 servings of spinach to get the equivalent of one serving of organic spinach. Another example is organic broccoli, a cruciferous vegetable thought to contain more cancer-preventative nutrients than any other plant. It does this by aiding the liver’s production of Phase II detoxification enzymes, which protect against chemical carcinogens, which help eliminate the nasty free radicals. But not all broccoli is alike. Broccoli sprouts contain 30-50 times more of these protective chemicals than are found in mature broccoli plants.
But its not enough to simply buy organic products. Proper food preparation is critical to keeping the benefits of organic foods. Overcooking can drain the vegetables of many of the helpful nutrients.
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