I am a big fan of organic foods as I feel they are both better for me and less harmful to the environment. If given a choice I will mainly pick something labelled organic over something without that organic labelling.
The problem with organic foods though is that they somehow seem more trustworthy and healthy than foods that aren’t labelled organic. Yes it is true that the ingredients should have been grown without pesticides and fertilisers and so on, however organic labelling does not necessarily equal healthy and it is does not necessarily equal more eco-friendly either.
Organic foods have added sugar, salt and fat and potential for fraud as with any other type of food sold in the supermarket. Not only that, although they were grown in an organic way they may still have been tampered with to present them for sale. For example organic milk can still be homogenised and organic turkey or chicken breasts may look suspiciously plump
(although I don’t know of any specific known cases where organic poultry has been plumped up for sale). There is also the problem of the miles they may have travelled and the packaging they are sold in.
I used to think that sugar, fat and salt in moderation were ok and they are ok if you can have them in moderation. However their addition to so many foodstuffs means that it is really easy to have too much of all three. Plus if you have been reading my blog you will know that I recently quit sugar
after reading an article in the New York Times. The article indicated that sugar, fat and salt can be addictive and if you are addicted to something it is highly likely you will over consume it.
Foods like honey, oil, flour and other ‘raw’ ingredients don’t always state their exact origin on the label as they are often blended and obtained from a variety of sources. Sometimes those sources are within the same country and sometimes they are not. Ultimately the more ‘mixing’ up of these raw ingredients the less easy it is to trace them back to their original source or sources of origin. Although it may say fairtrade, organic, cold pressed, sustainable etc on the label if when pressed the company selling the items doesn’t know exactly where they came from, how can you be so sure those labels are accurate and that you aren’t the victim of food fraud
I’m not saying don’t eat organic – it can still be a more eco-friendly option, however be aware that just because it says organic on the label it doesn’t mean that all is ok. To avoid the problems of added sugar, salt and fat try to buy raw ingredients from reputable sources i.e. ones which you can identify exactly where the product came from.
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