When it comes to your mouth, you know that what you eat matters. Eat less sugar and refined carbs, you reduce plaque formation. This is important because there’s a clear link between the bacteria found on in your mouth and the microbes involved with chronic inflammatory diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
When it comes to diet and oral health, sugar and simple carbs really have no place. Better to rely on protein, healthy fats, and a wide variety of plants. But there’s one more thing to think about: the quality of the food you choose.
Turns out we can’t talk about the foundation of health without talking about the foundation of our food. Where our food was grown, the methods used to produce it, the fossil fuels that go into it – all these affect us.
Organic food is your best bet. Here are 8 reasons why:
- Organic tastes better.
Conventional food is grown in sterilized soil. When soil is sterilized, it has little to offer the plant other than what it’s chemically fed. In contrast, organic food is typically grown in soil that has been rotated with different cover crops over a three to 7 year process. These differing cover crops enrich the soil and, over time, provide nutrients, structure, water absorption, and other beneficial components. The diversity of well managed soil in turn, provides the plant the best ability to reach peak flavor. Additionally, organic growers tend to select heirloom varieties cultivated for a specific flavor profile.
- Organic is more nutritious.
Some scientists agree with the research showing that organic food offers more nutritional bang for the buck. Others believe such studies are invalid. Meantime, we’re left somewhere…well, in left field. What most of us want to know: Is organic food worth the investment? Survey – actually, new research in the British Journal of Nutrition – says, a very probable yes!
- Organic means fewer pesticides.
If you’re looking into a mainstay of organic foods for you and your family, you might want to know that you won’t totally eliminate pesticide exposure, but you will be exposed to a whole lot less. Foods grown to organic standards can contain organically certified pesticides. However, there are farmers who identify as “beyond organic,” claiming they don’t use approved organic pesticides because they believe them to be too toxic. If you’re looking to go chemical free, the best option is to know your farmer.
- Organic certification prohibits GMOs.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are in 80% of processed foods. Here’s what you need to know about them – and how to avoid them. Fortunately, they’re prohibited in certified organic foods and products. This means, while we wait for labeling, organic options are always GMO free.
- Organic animal products are free of hormones, antibiotics, and drugs.
When it comes to animal products, keeping hormones and antibiotics off the menu can be a bit tricky. Conventionally produced milk, butter, cheese, and meat products can be treated with hormones, antibiotics, and other drugs. Not so with organically certified meat and animal products. To get you started, here’s a great primer.
- Organic supports a healthy ecosystem.
Organic farming practices minimize environmental damage. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), “Organic agriculture takes a proactive approach as opposed to treating problems after they emerge,” providing measureable benefits to soil, water, air, and climate. Supporting organic practices helps the environment.
- Buying organic ensures biological diversity.
There is no doubt: Organic food production encourages biodiversity on all levels. By purchasing organic foods, you help create a more resilient world.
- Organic preserves the rights of future generations.
When you buy organic, you help build an economy that has the potential to shape the world future generations will inhabit.