I often get asked, is organic food really better? Is it worth the extra expense? Put simply, yes it is.

There are a vast amount of benefits which I’ll share with you here. It’s important to also point out that along with organic, meat should also be free-range. We don’t want to be eating deprived, unhealthily overweight, stressed out animals.

Groundbreaking research published in the British Journal of Nutrition has found significant nutritional differences between organic and non-organic farming.

In 2014, the team at Newcastle University found organic crops are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown ones.

A new study, released in the British Journal of Nutrition, has also shown that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than conventionally produced products. Given many of us are deficient in this important nutrient, switching to organic could be just what you need – and is necessary for gut repair!

These studies are the largest systematic review of their kind, and were led by Newcastle University and an international team of experts.

These are just some of the benefits found when comparing organic and non-organic food;

  • Reduced risk of allergies in children 
  • Reduced likelihood of obesity in adults who ate organic food
  • Dietary patterns of people who eat organic are associated with health and environmental benefits, such as reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduced exposure to pesticides through food, which can reduce risk of negative effects to children’s cognitive development 
  • Reduced exposure to heavy metals like cadmium, which collects in high concentrations in artificial fertilisers and non-organic soils  
  • Higher omega-3 fatty acids in milk and meat, thanks to higher grass, clover and forage content of animals’ diet
  • Reduced risk of antibiotic resistance through organic farming practices, as organic animals are in some cases less likely to develop diseases related to intensive production 
  • Improved in-vitro development in offspring when animals were given organic feed, although the significance of findings for human health is unclear

If you’re not already buying organic food, it should definitely be a consideration. Whilst not everyone can afford it, if you can it’s worth the stretch. Otherwise, be sure to check out the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen guides for 2018. The foods on these lists were tested for pesticides and those that made the dirty dozen list, are those with the highest pesticide residues. By avoiding the dirty dozen and prioritising these as organic purchases, it will go a long way to helping your health.

Here is a copy of the list;

Dirty Dozen 2019

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Snap Peas (imported)
  • Potatoes