Organic Food

Is Eating Organic Healthier?

By: Deborah Martinelli

March 3, 2015

A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has found that 33 million different pesticides can be added to conventional food. The main chemical found in most of these foods is organophosphate.

High exposure to organophosphate can cause short and long term effects such as:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Memory Loss
  • Depression

The result of the study helps Ashley Dipaolo justify why she chooses to eat organic.

“I feel that it is best to eat as natural as possible. I try to grow some of my own food obviously not everything, but I feel better about myself, better about health when I know that I’m eating natural, real foods.


What Does Eating Organic Mean?

Organic food is produced using methods that protect the environment and avoid synthetic materials. In order for products to be considered organic they must abide by certain government regulations. All organic crops must be grown in safe soil and be free of all genetically modified organisms. They also must be kept separate from all regular food.

According to dietician Cami McMillen, although they contain fewer pesticides it’s hard to completely avoid what chemicals organic foods are exposed to.

“You can’t control the air quality. You can’t control the rain water. So those are also going to be containing pesticides or chemicals. So in my opinion I think it’s very difficult to claim something as completely organic.”

The Cost

Organic products can range from 10 percent to 100 percent more expensive than conventional food. The high cost comes mostly from how the products are produced.  The process is more labor inclusive and time sensitive due to the smaller farm they are typically grown in.

The more expensive costs of organic food is what prevents most consumers from eating organic all the time.

“Money is kind of tight right now with school and everything like that so I can’t always buy organic,” says Ashley Dipaolo.

Best Products

The best products to buy organic are:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Potatoes
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Peaches

According to the FDA, one apple can have 45 different chemicals added to it. An organic apple has less than half that as well as 15 percent more antioxidants which helps add to its nutritious value.

Where to Buy Organic?


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