First, let’s clear the way to understanding what organic is:
The discussion that has began long ago, and is now a very hot subject is the one about organic fruits and vegetables. Nutrition is a very wide definition, as well as health and diet, and for some reason, “Organic” seems to be a vague one as well. Let’s begin now with a few basic definitions we all need to know so we can understand the “why” and the “how”, in order to begin and maximize our health.
First of all, we must all understand that there is no definition of the term “Organic” as far a the FDA is concerned. Non was ever issued, and this authority has not much to say when it comes to regulating organic produce sold in stores. Instead, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) supervises the national regulations defined by National organic program (NOP), and enforces it according to the guidelines created by it’s members.
The NOP definition of Organic is defined in a long text called “the organic foods production act of 1990”, and in this 21 paged long document one can learn many a great deal about how things are theoretically handled in the U.S. The bottom line is that a state or even a private entity can receive the authority to hand-out “Organic” certification to farm owners that are growing their produce under the NOP regulations.
Officially, if there is an Organic label on the product, it is organic. BUT, if it is a sealed, processed product (notice i don’t call it food…), it is only 95% organic. Does it matter? “what can 5% do to me? I’ve been eating “regular” food all of my life, why should i suddenly go from regular veggies to organic vegetables nutrition based diet???”
The must-know facts of eating organic:
The answer is yes. Organic IS better for us. In fact, it is the only food for us. As i have written in a prior article, the whole definition of “food” has lost it’s original roots that were once planted deep in mother natures heart of soil, and have been re-rotted in a laboratory to achieve best monetary value for the owners of the land.
The real question in hand is our health, happiness and stamina. The basic most important thing we absolutely must remember is that in this day and age organic first of all means AVOIDING. It’s avoiding chemicals we were never formally introduced with except through our stomachs. It is avoiding genetically engineered materials life never intended to create that have already proven to cause many diseases, Cancer being the most famous of them all. It’s avoiding hazardous materials that are used to keep insects away. It’s avoiding risk.
Health is natural. It is the way we are made. We are born with a system that knows how to handle a super wide variety of material. We haven’t began understanding the vastness of this body of ours. Our body is capable of handling more materials at the same time and with minimum energy consumption then all world laboratories put in together. Put in petrol in a car that runs on diesel, and you get trouble. Put in un-natural material in our body, and i think you can guess where I am going with this.
A deeper peep into the complexity of food and organic:
As we have already understood, organic, being more about the NOT then anything else, we can look a bit deeper into the subject, again, not going to far as it is a never ending road. Amongst the many factors that effect the quality of our fruits and vegetables is the soil it grows on. When we read about the nutritional facts of a Tomato, for example, we might learn that a “serving” of a tomato has 15Mg of magnesium in it. We read these definitions every where on any product, yet how do the people that have written it know? the simple fact is they don’t.
there are averages and out-of-date calculations, and many testing regulations, but the matter of fact is that we simple cannot ever know without specifically checking each and every piece of fruit or vegetable in front of us. In order for a tomato to have any magnesium in it, the soil it grew in must be rich enough in it to serve on the tomato. Not enough Magnesium in the soil, not enough magnesium in the tomato. as simple as that (well, a bit more complex than that actually, as there are more factors that help the vegetable to take in the magnesium…).
The point I’m trying to make by giving this sneak peek into the world of food growing, is this:
We can never know100% what is in our food, but we must do the best we can to know, and in this era it all begins in knowing what is NOT in our food (chemicals, genetically modified materials, etc’.)
so whether you are trying to lose weight by eating a balanced diet, or getting rid of a two month old cough, eating an organic fruits and vegetables nutrition based diet is the absolute ultimate starting point.