Organic is in these days. The demand for organic food has increased because of this notion: You wouldn’t drink a cup of pesticides, so why would you eat food grown with them. That thought has helped fuel the demand for organic food, and with that, the demand for natural food. While some believe organic and natural foods are similar, they are quite different. Let’s take a look.
By definition, organic is of, relating to, yielding, or involving the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides. There isn’t anything in it that will cause you to grow a third eye. Food that is certified organic is an agricultural product that is grown and processed to meet USDA standards.
To put it simply, a natural product is any substance produced by life, a living organism, or found in nature. Natural food is free of artificial and harmful additives, and fillers.
So, which is better? Well, most health-conscious folks tend to prefer natural food because it is minimally, or not at all, processed, which maintains nutritional quality. Organic food can be processed, so it’s not always healthier. However, it is free of chemicals, so there’s the benefit.
Tip: Organic fruits and vegetables are sometimes a little more expensive than conventionally-grown produce. If in a bind as to which to purchase organic or conventional, remember this: For soft, thin-skinned fruits and vegetables, opt for organic. Conventionally grown produce has more pesticide residues than thick-skinned produce, such as an orange. Here’s a list of what produce is best organic:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Hot peppers
- Squash and Zucchini
- Sweet bell peppers