In this modern era, the amount of healthy food was decreasing. It is because the amount of fast food that do not reflect a balanced nutrient content. So it makes the consumers are prone to diseases such as Stroke, Cancer, Obesity, and others. Therefore, in order to protect from diseases that we have to be proficient in selecting food that we eat and also learn about various food that is good or not good to our health. Historically, organic farms have been relatively small family-run farms which is why organic food was once only available in small stores or farmers’ markets. However, since the early 1990s organic food production has had growth rates of around 20% a year, far ahead of the rest of the food industry, in both developed and developing nations. As of April 2008, organic food accounts for 1–2% of food sales worldwide. From article that I read, consuming organic food can reduce amount of toxin in our body, evading from poison which contain in pesticide, and also higher nutrient and concentration.
First, consuming organic food periodically can reduce amount of toxin in our body because organic food usually contains a lot of antioxidant. It is because in the process of planting does not use chemical substances which can damage the substances that was contained in organic food itself. In vegetables, antioxidant most often found in broccoli, tomato, garlic, spinach, and carrot. While, in fruits antioxidant is most often found in strawberry, red grapes, blueberry, and raspberry. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are molecules produced when your body breaks down food, or by environmental exposures like tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals can damage cells, and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Antioxidants substance include, Beta-carotene, Lutein, Lycopene, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.
Second, our body can avoid toxic which was contain in pesticide. Pesticide is a substance used to kill a pest. Pests include insects, plant pathogens, roundworms, microbes, etc. Although there are benefits to the use of pesticides, there are also drawbacks, such as potential toxicity to human. Pesticides containing a lot of toxic which was harmful to consumers that too often consuming vegetables or fruits which used pesticide to prevent it from pest. At least there are four common drawbacks, that is, Carcinogenicity (ability to produce cancer), Oncogenicity (ability to induce tumor growth), Reproductive disorders (such as reduced sperm count, sterility, and miscarriage), etc.
Third, higher nutrient and concentration. Obtaining better nutrition is one of the main benefits of eating organic foods. Organically grown fruits and vegetables contain higher nutritional content than commercially farmed produce. Different studies have shown organic produce to have nutritional concentrations ranging from 30% more to 3 times as much as their commercially grown counterparts. Organic produce has more nutrients because they are grown in good quality soil. Further, because the growth of conventional produce is usually artificially sped up using chemicals, they tend to contain more water and less actual solid food content. Not only does organic produce have more vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients, it retains the nutrients for longer periods of time. The truth is, many of today’s fruits and vegetables only have a fraction of the nutritional concentration they once had 50 or 100 years ago. This is due largely to the depletion in soil quality worldwide, caused mainly by modern conventional farming methods and other human activities. Being more nutritious is one of the main health benefits of organic food, and by eating organically grown produce, we are at least maximizing our nutrient intake.
Finally, we can conclude that if we choose organic foods as staple food, it will be a wise choice. Because organic food is better than another food that usually we eat. And for your information, consuming organic food at an early age is better than doing it in later years. In addition, please be mindful that if you overeat any kind of food, you will still become overweight. So you must keep your eating pattern wisely. If you do that, then you will almost certainly be able to reap the health benefits of organic food.