Organics – Are They Worth the Higher Price?

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Someone told me that eating fresh fruits and vegetables are beneficial to the body – yes, I do agree but what about the cost of organic products these days? Are they really worth buying or should you settle for less?

Long ago, organic products are mainly sold for vegan people. Crops and produce are sold exclusively in health food stores to those who consider themselves vegan or vegetarian. These days however, the trend has changed. More people are into eating organic and healthy food regardless of how much it costs.

What makes a food organic anyway?

What does it mean when we say that the food is organic? It simple means that the food is not treated with pesticides, bioengineering, ionizing radiation and the likes. Though some farmers use pesticides, it must be derived from natural resources and no chemicals must be used, this is according to the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA.

Why is organic food good for your health?

There are a number of reasons why organic food must a part of your diet. One, they contain more nutrients. According to the European Union’s study, organic fruits and vegetables contain more antioxidants that helps reduce the risks of cancer and heart diseases.  Organic food also contains more minerals and vitamins like iron and zinc. It has also been proven that people who eat organic food have better immune system and better sleeping habit compared to those who are overweight. Another reason why organic food is recommended is because they taste better than any conventional produce. Keep in mind that many of the food sold today are often manipulated to look good and stay fresh looking. Organic food is also safe for children and babies. It is the best way to strengthen your child’s immune system as they are growing up. Since organic foods are grown naturally and no pesticides were used, it is considered to safe to consume.

To buy or not to buy

So how much does organic food costs? You can expect to pay about 50% to a 100% more for organic food. Yes, they are expensive mainly because it is mostly done by labor or manual production. Since they are grown by hand, expect that producers will always put a price on the products that they produce. Keep in mind also that they do not use pesticides when growing these foods not to mention the unpredictable weather conditions and time when growing them. So you need to expect that they’re pricey the moment they hit the stores.

You may ask, are they worth paying? Some people may disagree to this while there are those that say it’s totally worth it. Buying organic food is your choice. If you are willing to pay extra money in order to attain the nutrients and food value that you are looking for then go ahead. Whatever makes you happy and healthy is entirely up to you; either way the choice is yours.  After all, it’s all about the benefits in the long run, right?

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