Organic is it Worth It?
When you head to the grocery store or supermarket, shopping for products like eggs, meat, fish, milk, and produce can be very confusing. Everywhere you look food is labeled as natural, organic, or a number of other things—but what is the difference? Learning what certain names mean, can help you decide if you should pay that extra money on a product if it is simply a marketing ploy.
Natural is a term associated with a number of fruit and vegetable products. Typically, this is a simple marketing ploy to convince you to buy the product. After all, all fruits and vegetables are natural, right? Unless it’s a new kind of food that has been developed and processed, the product is natural. What you really want is organic. Organic foods are grown without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. There are two main benefits to organic foods. First, you are helping the environment because the chemicals are not being introduced into nature. Secondly, you are avoiding eating foods with chemicals and are therefore eating more healthy food. However, organic products are usually more expensive. So if you are on a budget, skip over organic fruit and vegetables that you can peel, like oranges and bananas. After all, once you’ve discarded the peel, you have also discarded the chemicals. Instead, opt for organic items like apples, where you eat the peel. No matter what you buy, make sure that you rinse off the food when you get home,
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Another label you will see is “no hormones.” This is usually regarding milk and meat products and this is false, since all animals naturally produce hormones. Hormones are what helps an animal (even a human) regulate body organs, having young, and otherwise function. All meat products have hormones. What the labels really mean is that no hormones were unnaturally given to the animal, which is sometimes done to increase milk production. Regardless of hormones, however, the milk and meat is safe for human consumption and not a violation of an animal’s rights.
Lastly, the label on eggs and meat can indicate if the animal was caged or penned. This does not make a difference in the quality or nutritional value of the meat, but is simply a matter of animal rights. These products may be a bit more expensive, but if you want to make human decisions, that are the way to go. Reading the label and making healthy choices can sometimes be difficult, but learning what they mean can help you make the best choice for your diet.