The benefits of organic foods for you and your family

Why choose organic?

Organic food is generally described in terms of what it is not. It is not produced or grown with the use of synthetic chemicals and pesticides, antibiotics, growth hormones, or genetically modified seeds (GMOs).

AAmong the benefits of eating organic food, a highly cited one is that eating organic food may reduce your exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals. University of Washington scientists found that when they compared preschoolers who consumed only organic foods to a group who only consumed conventional foods over a 24-hour period, the conventional food group had about 9 times more pesticide residues in their urine. Even more troubling was that the conventional group had levels that far exceeded the guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Conversely, the children in the organic food group had pesticide levels well within the accepted EPA guidelines.

Some studies also show that organic produce contains more antioxidants, particularly health-protective flavonoids – in some cases 10 times more than conventionally grown varieties.