Did you know that according to market researchers, about one fourth of us purchase organic food weekly? Many of us prefer organic food as it is better for our bodies and healthier for the environment. So for the other 75% who usually claim that it is not worth the expense, let’s look at organic eating more closely.
What Is Organic Food?
Organic food is regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Crops are grown with no synthetic or artificial fertilizers or radiation used to kill bacteria (irradiation)
The biggest difference is in animal meat. A great example to consider is beef. Organic beef is grass fed and not confined. They receive no antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones. Grain Fed beef are kept in enclosures their entire life, are given both synthetic and growth hormones. They are fed corn and soy which is unnatural for them to digest. This increases the proteins and starches in the meat and reduces the natural Omega 3 fatty acids. Grass fed is meatier and less fatty tasting. So when you decide to take the kids out for burger and fries, which do you think would be not only healthier, but tastier for them?
According to the USDA, organic vegetable farmers cannot use the following on their vegetables:
- synthetic or artificial fertilizers into the soil.
- Sewage sludge as fertilizer (yes, sewage sludge).
- Synthetic pesticides to control pests.
- Genetic engineering or modification.
With so many people eating vegan, vegetarian, paleo, keto, etc to get and remain healthy, having the option of going to a nice restaurant for lunch, perhaps a salad and knowing the romaine on your plate was not grown with sewage sludge, might just increase your enjoyment and health.
Organic dairy products can have about 50% more omega-3 fatty acids, a type of unsaturated healthy fat, than non organic according to a 2016 study in the British Journal of Nutrition. Organic milk was also tested in the study and had less saturated fat than non-organic.
Benefits Of Eating Only Organic
There are more benefits to eating organic food than just good taste. We know that certain pesticides are carcinogenic, what about the ones that have not been banned?
According to a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a seven year study concluded that “A higher frequency of organic food consumption was associated with a reduced risk of cancer."(JAMA, 2018). Other scientific benefits include:
- Pesticides have been associated with developmental delay in newborns and linked to ADHD in children.
- Pesticide residue has also been linked to lower sperm count in men.
- Some organic vegetables like onions have a 20% higher antioxidant content than conventionally grown vegetables.
So once you have committed to eating a healthy lifestyle, it should not be limited to when you are at home cooking. The Lazy Daisy restaurant is committed to providing delicious organic meals at a reasonable price. Eat in, pick up, or have your meal catered. Check out our website for our flavorful menu.