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Your Guide to Organic Eating: 5 Myths Debunked

Organic foods have taken over the world and it seems everyone is trying to be healthier by consuming it. In my eyes, this is a good thing. Eating organic foods have a great benefit our overall health.

However, people often equate eating organically with spending money on hefty priced products which isn’t always feasible for a variety of budgets.

I get it. It’s like, why buy something that’s organic when I can get the same thing for a cheaper price. I understand it. But even though organic food could be on the pricey side, it is still something you can afford – even on a budget.

Honestly, organic food costing more than their conventional counterparts is one of the myths that needs to be debunked.

The truth of the matter is organic food doesn’t always cost more. Some items, such as coffee, cereal, and bread, could cost the same or even less than their conventional counterparts. In addition, as the demand for organic products continues to grow, the cost will decrease.

Before you start eating organic, you need to know what “organic” means. You also need to learn all the facts – as opposed to the common myths – so you can be an informed shopper.

Organic produce are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Also, the animals who produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.

Now that we know what organic means, let’s move on to more common myths that are constantly being fed to us.

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Organic Food Isn’t Healthier

A lot of people tend to focus on the idea that organic food is not substantially more nutritious than conventional food. There are some studies who prove this to be true. But, there are other studies who say the opposite.

There are some recently published studies in peer-reviewed journals who have shown organic foods to have higher nutritional value. For example, researchers at the University of California, Davis, recently found organic tomatoes had higher levels of phytochemicals and vitamin C than conventional tomatoes.

Organic food also doesn’t have pesticides. Pesticides are poisons that are designed to kill things. Nutrients aside, why consume food with pesticides in it which are designed to kill things when you have pesticide-free options available to you.

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Organic Food Spoils Faster

I see how people could think this myth is true because organic foods don’t have preservatives added to them. Therefore, they are more susceptible to mold, bacteria, and yeast. But that’s not always the case. Take organic milk for example. It has a longer shelf life than regular milk does.

In addition, there has never been a study conducted to calculate how much faster organic food spoils.

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Organic Food Doesn’t Taste Better

If we are keeping it a buck, taste is definitely an individual matter. It honestly depends on that individual’s personal preference. However, organic food does taste better than conventional food. It has a superior taste to it because it’s grown in well-balanced soil. Therefore, it’s fresher. So, whoever told you you can’t tell the difference between the two lied to you.

A good example is ketchup. If you use a conventional ketchup and then an organic one, you will easily be able to tell the difference. There are also hundreds of gourmet chefs across the nation who are choosing to use organic foods to prepare their meals.

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Organic Food is Just a Fad

Many consumers believe that organic food is nothing more than a marketing stunt. They feel eating organic was created to make people spend more money. People have been eating organically for years. It isn’t something that was just introduced a couple years ago to con people out of money. It’s simply helping you lead a healthier lifestyle because you aren’t putting harmful chemicals into your body.

All the myths above have kept people away from eating organic. But a lot of these myths were created by people who are simply making excuses as to why they’re against it. Organic food has many benefits and are grown to help maintain food and product safety, sustainability and biodiversity.

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About Shekera Clarke

My name is Shekera Clarke. I am currently a senior at the University at Albany majoring in journalism with a business minor. I grew up in Queens, NY. QGTM! My goals upon graduating include either writing for a pop culture magazine/blog or work for ESPN because of my love for sports - whether that's behind the scenes or on air.

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