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Benefits of Organic Lifestyle

Benefits of Organic LifestyleNutrient Content With Organic Food:

Organically grown fruits and vegetables contain higher nutritional content than commercially farmed produce.  Different studies have shown organic produce to have nutritional concentrations ranging from 30% more to 3 times as much as their commercially grown counterparts.

For example, produce has more nutrients because they are grown in good quality soil.  Further, because the growth of conventional produce is usually artificially sped up using chemicals, they tend to contain more water and less actual solid food content.  Not only does organic produce have more vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients, it retains the nutrients for longer periods of time.

The truth is, many of today’s fruits and vegetables only have a fraction of the nutritional concentration they once had 50 or 100 years ago.  This is due largely to the depletion in soil quality worldwide, caused mainly by modern conventional farming methods and other human activities.

How To Tell If I’m Eating Organic:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established an organic certification program that requires all organically produced foods to meet strict government standards.  These standards regulate how such foods are grown, handled and processed.

Any product labeled as organic must be USDA certified.  Only producers who sell less than $5,000 a year in organic foods are exempt from this certification; however, they’re still required to follow the USDA‘s standards for organic foods.  If a food bears a USDA Organic label, it means it’s produced and processed according to the USDA standards.  The seal is voluntary, but many organic producers use it.

Foods that have more than one ingredient, such as breakfast cereal, can use the USDA organic seal plus the following wording, depending on the number of organic ingredients:

  • 100 percent organic.  To use this phrase, products must be either completely organic or made of all organic ingredients.
  • Organic.  Products must be at least 95 percent organic to use this term.

Products that contain at least 70 percent organic ingredients may say “made with organic ingredients” on the label, but may not use the seal.  Foods containing less than 70 percent organic ingredients can’t use the seal or the word “organic” on their product labels. They can include the organic items in their ingredient list, however.

Cost Of Organic Foods:

A major complaint of consumers is that organic food is more expensive than non-organic food.  There are several reasons for the Benefits of Organic Lifestylehigher prices.  For one, farming practices cost more than conventional farming methods.  The government regulations required for organic certification, including certification costs, labor hours and shipping prices, lead to high costs, as well.

There are absolutely no risks associated with organiclly produced foods. There were some concerns a while ago that using manure on land would mean that you’re likely to catch diseases, but we have very strict composting length of times.  If you compost manure for six months, it actually gets to such a temperature and breaks down any pathogens; the government has actually come out and said it is actually much safer and organic composting standards delete any form of risk.  I would argue that it’s more risky to eat non-organic food because of the residues and the chemicals that are in the food.  As with most decisions, it all comes down to personal choice.

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Thanks for Reading!

Chris

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Originally born and raised in Woburn Massachusetts (love my Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins!) I made my trek northward to the beautiful state of Maine back in October 2003 after marrying my college sweetheart. We began a family in 2004 and I am happy to say that we have 4 happy, healthy, beautiful children that bring an amazing amount of joy to our lives! I am also a type 1 diabetic. Diagnosed back in 2006 (out of the blue), at a routine doctors visit. Diabetes has single handed-ly been the biggest obstacle that I have faced in my life. At the time I had no idea of what a roller coaster ride I would be in for, I mean really, what's a couple finger sticks a day and a couple shots of insulin for food...this will be easy, I got this! Well 2 ER visits later, I quickly found out that this was no joke, and if I wanted to see my little ones grow up, this was something that I needed to take seriously! Little by little as we began to digest all of the information that was being thrown at us...fast acting insulin, short acting insulin, lancets, test meters, test strips, ketone sticks, carb counting, food groups, glucagon emergency kits, insulin pumps, glucose monitors...OMG, my head was spinning like a top!! After a couple of crazy years, I can happily say that I am well controlled and feel absolutely amazing! Not to be lost in all of this either is the amazing support of my wife. She has been my rock! She has been with me every step of the way, from 2am finger sticks to helping me change out a failed pump in the middle of a crowded restaurant. She truly is an amazing wife and mom and I can't imaging my life without her love and support- love you babe!

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