Organic farming is the backbone of organic foods, but you already knew that. You also knew that organic farming involves the cycling of resources, promotion of ecological balance and conservation of biodiversity. Synthetic pesticides, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers are all prohibited from use in organic farming. Even the livestock used in the process must not be given growth hormones, antibiotics, or any animal by-products.
All of this makes organic food not only a rage today, but something that people are actively out to seek. Sure, buying organic products involves a long wait to properly look at all the contents in the box, but once you are satisfied with the verity of the product, organic food has a lot to add to your diet.
One of the biggest advantages of organic food is that it actually aids in weight loss. It’s a benefit that most people tend to easily ignore. We have seen activists preach about organic food, citing the protection of the environment, promoting a healthy way of living, and just generally aiming towards more balance in nature, but if you must really shift to organic products, weight loss should be the biggest profit that you should look far.
Not only are organic products beneficial in the way that they don’t contain any harmful pesticides, but a European study has found out that they contain about 50 percent higher nutrient content, including Omega 3 fatty acids than conventional milk or meat. Organic eggs, contain only 70 calories and zero carbohydrates. Their fat content is only 4 grams per egg, so those who cannot live without eggs can certainly cut out on the negatives of factory produced eggs.
One serving of organically produced cereals can make up 20 percent of your daily fibre intake. What’s more? With only 43 grams of fibre in 2 ounces, 1 gram of fat and 180 calories, there aren’t better ways to start your day. Coming back to milk related products, organic milk contains only 130 grams of calories, which is far lower than conventional milk. That, added with all the adulteration that goes into mass produced milk, gives you enough impetus to switch to organic milk.
The problem that people face whilst going for organic food is that the buying process becomes quite extensive. It helps, then, to remember that there are always certain ways around that. The best thing to do is to buy in season. To ensure that you’re getting all the benefits of organic food, including weight loss, is to buy the freshest food possible. Like conventional food, organic food is exposed to quick deterioration, and in some cases even more so, as it doesn’t contain any artificial preservatives.
Also, organic doesn’t always mean healthy. Marketers now use the word organic as a trick to lure consumers into buying seemingly organic baked goods, desserts or snacks. These are very high in sugar, salt, fat and calories, so it’s always essential to read the labels carefully.
Even coffee lovers who cannot live without that cup of coffee in the morning have something to look forward as “direct trade” coffee only contains a shocking 2 calories per cup. People chase around brown bread like it’s the way to go, but real organic bread is sweetened with honey and topped with sesame and sunflower seeds. Every slice contains 140 calories – way lower than conventional bread – and only 2 grams of fat. And to make the sandwich lovers even more eager, 2 ounces of organic meat contain zero grams of fat. That’s right, zero!
The list is endless when it comes to the products you can choose that not only do you care for the environment, but you shed that extra weight as you go along. From yogurt, to crunchies, to fruits, and even beer and wines; organic foods come in all shapes and sizes to help you with reducing that extra inch. It’s just about choosing right, and maintaining a proper balance with your diet. Put in the extra effort here and you wouldn’t have to spend that extra time in the gym! Organic food is here to stay.