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5 Health Benefits that originate from organic fruit and vegetables

There are a number of significant health benefits associated with eating organically. In this article we will discuss five of them in more detail.

Reduced exposure to heavy metals and pesticides

Fruit and vegetables labelled organic will have been grown without using most artificial fertilisers or synthetic pesticides. These chemicals are considered safe for use in conventional farming but some studies raise concerns about the health implications of long term exposure.

In 2014, The British Journal of Nutrition published an article showing organically grown produce was 48% less likely to result in a positive test for cadmium. In addition, a common herbicide used in farming has been classified as a “probable human carcinogen” and an insecticide has been connected to developmental delays in infants.

Organic food benefits the environment and is good for you

Pesticides used in conventional farming can run off the land with water flow, contaminating the water supply with the same pesticides. This can result in complications both for plant and animal life relying on the water and for any people who drink it or use it on any crops. Organic farming practices help to conserve water, use less energy, increase the fertility of soil and reduce soil erosion, resulting in benefits for both people and the environment.

Increased antioxidants

The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published an article in 2017 regarding a six year study in which researchers found onions grown organically were found to have an approximately 20% higher antioxidant content than those grown in a conventional manner. These researchers even speculated whether previous studies may have been affected by study periods being too short and other variables, such as weather conditions. Other research has found evidence that organic fruit and vegetables are also high in calcium, vitamin C, iron, magnesium and chromium

GMO free

Organic produce is GMO free. GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and GE (genetically engineered) foods are those where the DNA has been changed in some way that has not occurred in nature or from crossbreeding. These alterations are usually to enable resistance to pesticides or to produce an insecticide. Whilst GMOs can be classified as safe, there have been concerns raised over long term effects and some links have been made between GMOs and gastro-intestinal issues for humans.

Fresher food

As organically grown fruit and vegetables don’t contain preservatives, they can’t be stored as long. This can actually be an advantage as they have to get to the shelves faster and therefore can often be fresher. Fresh food tastes better – buying organically may be the closest you can get picking your own produce whilst still having the convenience of buying from a supplier! Even better and potentially fresher is an organic fruit and veg delivery to your door.

The debate continues over whether organically grown vegetables and fruit are genuinely healthier but there is significant evidence in their favour.

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