Why Buying Organic Produce Is Good for You and Your Juices

...and critical facts you need to know before buying organic

Who doesn’t like the word organic? Can you picture the green pastures with happy animals, clean, pesticide-free crops and colorful veggies that literally scream: anti-oxidants! Vitamin C! Of course, you’d rather buy organic than anything else simply because it is healthier and protects the environment, right?

Well, not so fast.

The American polled their readers back in 2007 based on their opinion about organic food. An astonishing 84% believe that organic food is made WITHOUT pesticides and 79% believe it’s safer for the environment. The overall trend of consumers’ inclination to purchase organic produce is reflected in the sales stats from 2000 – 2012: were there only 5 billion in sales in 2000, revenue has skyrocketed to over 30 billion in 2012:

 

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Clearly, people want to buy organic produce – but are they actually aware of what it means? Is the organic narrative really as shiny, healthy and delicious as people believe? Today, we’re going to debunk a couple of myths and misconceptions about organic food and farming.

Spoiler alert: organic food IS NOT grown without pesticides. 

What makes produce or food organic?

Before we actually tackle the question of whether or not organic food is better or healthier for you, we need to talk about what actually makes produce organic. Contrary to common belief, organic does not equal chemical-free or no pesticides products. That is a bummer to most people who want to go organic.

Why would you want to spend more money and time picking your food if it’s not 100% clean?

Good question.

In most states in the US, farmers are allowed to use chemicals or powders on their crops and still call it “organic”. The difference is that they are not allowed to use conventional pesticides, fertilizers or sewage sludge.

So what does that mean? Chemicals used on organic crops must be derived from natural sources. Famers must also adhere to strict standards when applying the chemicals on their fields. They are not allowed to use machines that were used for conventional fertilization.

So, chemicals yes, but they need to be “natural” not synthetically manufactured. Are we safe now?

Well, sort of.

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Organic Pesticides vs Synthetic Pesticides

Organic food is organic due to the reduced amount of chemicals used in it; we all know that. What we don’t realize is that pests are a real problem when it comes to growing food crops and pesticides are just a necessary evil. Natural pest control methods include insect traps, biological controls like choosing predator insects for dominating pests and careful selection of crops that are disease resistant. Unfortunately, these natural measures do not completely eliminate the pressing issue of pests and chemicals need to be used.

The chemicals used in organic pesticides are

  • (a) Derived naturally from the environment
  • (b) Does not have any added synthetic elements.

It is applied only using equipment that have not been used for synthetic pesticides for at least three years and is applied on land that has not been treated with synthetic pesticides for three years as well. This method completely eliminates any accidental mixture with synthetic chemicals.

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So What Is The Big Deal With The Organic Chemicals You Ask?

Several types of research have been carried out that showcase chemicals used in synthetic pesticides as carcinogens and should be avoided at all costs. Hence, more farmers choose organic pesticides, but the downside is that very little research has been conducted about those chemicals.

Once an analysis was made on natural chemicals used in organic pesticides and the results were devastating. Chemicals in organic pesticides are also carcinogens. Juicing fruits and veggies that contain these chemicals is found to affect children and pregnant women more than the average adults.

Once an analysis was made on natural chemicals used in organic pesticides and the results were devastating. Chemicals in organic pesticides are also carcinogens. Juicing fruits and veggies that contain these chemicals is found to affect children and pregnant women more than the average adults.

Research That Tried To Study pesticides

An article published in Harvard Science Review in 2012 encapsulated the findings of several research papers centered on the use of pesticides, including environmental effects of rotenone-pyretherin mixture (an organic pesticide) and imidan (a synthetic pesticide).  Imidan is considered to be a ‘soft’ pesticide whose lifetime is short on earth, and negative effects are few.

It was found that the pest eradication effects produced by two rounds of synthetic pesticide can be recreated by the organic pesticide on seven applications. Seven applications of any chemical could cause some serious threat to the environment and the worst part is that, we don’t know it’s extend as proper research rarely focuses on organic pesticides based on the assumption that “natural” chemicals are safe.

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Are The Fruits And Vegetables You Use for Your Juices Really Organic?

Organic produce always cost a few dollars more than conventional produce but price simply isn’t the best (or the only) method of knowing if you’re really getting organic food.  As a simple starter, the easiest way to check its authenticity is by inspecting it. As a law of nature, no two items look alike, EVER.

Each pear, apple or even grain will differ from the other in shape, color or shade. If all the apples in a carton are of the exam same, uniform color with absolutely no difference, it’s definitely not organic.

Befriend a bug; they are more helpful than you think

Trust your insect friends on this. Those species have walked on earth for far longer than humans ever have, so they are bound to know a thing or two about natural produce. If you see a few holes in your greens in the supermarket, pick that bunch up. Those holes are valid proof that its not heavily packed with chemicals. After washing your greens, remember to give a final rinse with salt water for about three minutes, just to be sure.

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A quick whiff and you’re good to go

The fragrance and texture of organic produce is very different. Try spices for example, its smell is stronger and usage of a small amount will have a profound impact. This difference is due to the natural oils retained in the spices.

When it comes to non-organic spices, the oils are often extracted and sold separately leaving the spices dry and reducing its potency. The intoxicating smell of organic apples is proof of this rule. Try leaving a carton of organic apples in your house to see for yourself. Juicing organic produce only intensifies the already intoxicating smell of fruits and veggies, giving you more reasons to juice.

99% complete; don’t mess the remaining 1% up

After going through all that pain to choose the best and most organic food products, do not go wrong in choosing the right juicer to take you that extra mile to a healthier and happier life. The market is huge and all those options are hard to choose from. A million brands offering a million different things, though its okay to be confused compare different juicers to pick the one that best fits your needs and demands.

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Why Go For Organic Food for Your Juices?

It tastes better. As simple as it is, organic produce simply tastes better especially when it is juiced. The naturally present nutrients, oils and compounds add to the flavor just as much as they adds to your health and wellbeing. The sugars naturally found in fruits are safe for consumption without any worry in comparison to the synthesized sugar, which is bound to give you diabetes. Using these natural produce means that the synthesized sugars can be completely avoided.

Organic food is full of nutrients that are good for you. Juicing them only increases its intensity and concentration. The natural anti-oxidants help you improve your immune system and keep you healthy. The downside comes in when you juice non-organic produce. You receive a higher concentration of carcinogenic chemicals from pesticides used in conventional produce, more than the useful nutrients that you were looking for.

Why organic?

Drinking juice from non-organic produce is like consuming a cocktail of synthetic poison and hoping to obtain good results. Liver is our natural cleanser and it works day and night to keep us clean but when huge amounts of toxins keep pouring in, the liver cannot process it immediately.

In such situations, these chemicals are stored in our fatty tissues like abdomen, brain etcetera for the liver to clear it later. If the incoming toxins are at an extremely high rate then the liver never gets time to catch up and clean our system and this vicious cycle will get us into a hospital.

Juices are meant to cleanse our system and restore its natural balance. Doing so with non-organic fruits and vegetables is like taking a shower in muddy water – it defeats the purpose. The fibers present in the juices help in an improved efficiency of the digestive system. Especially when it comes to juicing where raw fruits and vegetables are used, it is important to focus on the form of agriculture and preservatives they were exposed to as they are quickly absorbed into the blood stream and directly affect the wellbeing or destruction of our health.

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A safe list for juice shopping

Reading detailed reviews of the best juicers out there only helps you in amplifying the already astounding effects of using organic produce. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) “Dirty Dozen” is the list of fruits and vegetables that is found to have the maximum concentration of chemicals and should always be bought organic. Top five are apples, celery, strawberries, peaches and spinach. The same features ‘Clean Fifteen’ that are safe to be bought non-organic and top five there are onion, sweet corn, pineapples, avocados and asparagus.

With non-organic produce from the clean fifteen list, use the following method to clean:

  • Fill a large bowl with 4 parts water and 1 part vinegar (white vinegar preferred)
  • Soak the produce in the bowl for atleast twenty minutes
  • Rinse thoroughly and use.

A detailed study recently conducted revealed that people who consumed five fruits and vegetables non-organically produced from the dirtiest dozen will consume nearly ten pesticides per day but those who ate from the clean fifteen list consumed less than two pesticides per day. Choose organic. Choose juice. You can never go wrong with either or both.

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