The Benefits of Organic Nutrition

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According to Dr. Vyvyan Howard, a medical toxico-pathologist from the University of Ulster, United Kingdom.

“One of the most effective ways to reduce exposure to toxic substances is to eat organic food.  It could be the single most useful thing a mother can do to give her baby a good start in life.”

Organic foods reduces exposure to toxic substances that maybe present in conventionally grown foods and thus, may help minimize the risk of childhood health harms.

Why should we, as parents, choose organic food for our children?

Aside from the fact that children are most susceptible to the harmful effects of harmful substances that may be present in conventional food, there are many benefits of organic nutrition ranging from food quality and nutrition to individual health. Consumption of organic food also positively impacts environment and animal welfare.

There are many benefits of organic nutrition ranging from food quality and nutrition to individual health. Consumption of organic also positively impacts environment and animal welfare.

  1. Pure and Gentle Nutrition
    Choosing organic over conventionally-grown food means a significant reduction in unwanted food excipients and residue such as pesticide, antibiotic, growth hormones and GMOs. As such, our body only takes in food that is pure and free from harmful substances.
  2. Naturally Greater Nutritional Value
    Higher Antioxidant Value
    Antioxidants are important nutrients found in fruits and vegetables that help boost immune system through protection from free radicals that damage our cells. Studies show that organic foods have more antioxidants than conventional foods. This may be due to the fact that foreign chemicals are not negatively interacting with the nutrients found in these foods. Milk from organically-fed herds had antioxidant levels up to 90% higher than milk from conventional herds. Organic milk is also found to have 2-3x higher concentration of antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin, important for good eye health.

    Higher mineral content
    Due to responsible soil management (e.g. crop rotation, etc.), organic foods have naturally higher beneficial mineral content such as zinc and iron.

    Higher Conjugated Linolenic Acid (CLA)
    CLA is an Essential Fatty Acid that is found to have beneficial effects on immunity, weight management and a potent ally for combating food-induced allergic reactions. One study showed that cows grazed on organic pastures produce 500% more CLA in their milk than cows that are conventionally fodder-fed.

    Higher Omega 3
    Omega 3 is found to be beneficial for heart health, and cognitive development of a child. Research conducted at the University of Aberdeen shows that organic milk has about 71% more omega 3 than conventional milk.

    Higher concentration of vitamins
    Organic has shown up to 50% higher vitamin E (an effective antioxidant) and 75% higher beta carotene, that produces vitamin A (beneficial for eye development, good skin and stronger immune development).

  3. Environmental Health & Safety
    When you consume organic food, you actually help the environment. Organic farming has benefits on the environment such as soil conservation, healthy use and proper care of water, biodiversity and reduction in all forms of pollution by decreasing agrochemical needs. The world is greener and a better place to live in with organic farming, and supporting through consumption of organic food.

    • Organic cows have open access to fields when weather and ground conditions permit and have plenty of space both indoors and outdoors.
    • Organic cows are fed on a diet as natural as possible in farms not treated with pesticides and feeds that are free from genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).
    • Organic cows are not given synthetic hormones to stimulate faster growth and fertility.
    • No routine use of antibiotics on organic cows: There is emerging evidence that the routine use of antibiotics can lead to another antibiotic resistant superbugs. In organic farms, antibiotics are only used in situations where a cow is very ill and that treatment is recommended by the veterinarian. Cows are only returned to the herd when they are well and their milk is tested free from antibiotic residue.
  4. Animal Welfare
    In organic process, animals are treated with care – animals are not caged and not treated with unnecessary use of antibiotics and growth hormones.

    • Organic cows have open access to fields when weather and ground conditions permit and have plenty of space both indoors and outdoors.
    • Organic cows are fed on a diet as natural as possible in farms not treated with pesticides and feeds that are free from genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).
    • Organic cows are not given synthetic hormones to stimulate faster growth and fertility.
    • No routine use of antibiotics on organic cows: There is emerging evidence that the routine use of antibiotics can lead to another antibiotic resistant superbugs. In organic farms, antibiotics are only used in situations where a cow is very ill and that treatment is recommended by the veterinarian. Cows are only returned to the herd when they are well and their milk is tested free from antibiotic residue.

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