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Natural and Organic Food

In recent years, in large hypermarkets started to appear so-called "organic foods" - fruits and vegetables, which are less attractive to look at, with a relatively short shelf life and price is twice higher than that of similar products on the market.Undoubtedly, the question arises: "Is it worth it to pay two to three times higher price for these products and that they give us?" The answer is ambiguous.But one thing is clear - it is really natural and pure foods.And to buy or not - it's only you.

What you need to know about organic food?

Terms of organic, ecological or "organic" foods are similar in one thing - they are grown without the aid of genetic engineering, pesticides, fertilizers, soil and other synthetic substances that protect them from insects or low yields.Such products are packed and stored in such a way as not to degrade its flavor.It is obvious that such natural and organic food products are extremely useful.They do not have any hormone additives or genetic engineering intervent

ion.There is also the risk of occurrence of negative effects on the body all sorts of "chemistry" and synthetic additives.
Some studies suggest that organic foods contain more minerals, vitamins and bioactive substances than products made using chemicals and pesticides.This is important because it is the power of (plant or animal) body receives most of the necessary nutrients.A composition of the food consumed is directly determined by the conditions under which it was produced.For example, if the potatoes are treated with poison against the Colorado potato beetle, and receive additional hormones to accelerate growth - this product will not be particularly useful to humans.After all, it retains all harmful to the body.
eco-friendly and natural products usually contain only natural ingredients.If there is the presence of inorganic substances, at least, the percentage of the total weight of the ingredients and products to be organic.In the US and Australia, the percentage of "naturalness" of the product should be not lower than the standard 95%.In Russia, allowed 90% natural and pure ingredients.

in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study that includes an analysis of more than 160 studies conducted over the last 50 years.According to him, there is a significant difference in whether you consume organic foods or genetically modified.There were given scores of studies that showed no difference in taste qualities of products but have found that organic food to 60% higher nutritional value than other products.A new study conducted at the University of Newcastle found that organic fruits and vegetables contain up to 40% more antioxidants than conventional.In addition, organic apples sweeter and have a good shelf life compared to traditional culture.Another example shows that organic tomato contain twice more vitamins and minerals than conventional tomatoes.In fact, organic products have high nutritional value.The absence of any additives is one of the basic conditions for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Be careful when choosing fruits and vegetables

To achieve a longer shelf life and to improve the appearance and increase the profits of production, manufacturers are increasingly ispolzovuyut more powerful chemicals (to promote growth), antibiotics(for a longer shelf life), and genetic engineering methods (for fruit and vegetables in abnormal conditions for them).Many of these substances enter the body, causing irreparable damage to health.Medical studies show that the widespread use of synthetic materials increases the number of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and arthritis.It was added to the impact of polluted air, water, and a sedentary lifestyle - as a result of the situation is clear and, unfortunately, it is depressing.
Many nutritionists advise to be careful in the choice of fruits and vegetables.The lowest levels of pesticides observed in asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, kiwi, mangoes, onions, green peas, papaya and pineapple.Thus, the highest level of pesticides in apples, celery, cherries, grapes, peaches, pears, potatoes, spinach and strawberries.

According to statistics ...

Organic foods represent 1-2% of total global sales of food and gradually increased its turnover in the market in developed countries and in countries with slower development.Global sales of natural and organic foods have increased from 23 billion. Dollars in 2002 to 70 billion. Dollars in 2010.

World market for organic food increased by 50% since the beginning of the 90s, and sales continue to grow.Eventually, after 30 years, almost every farm will produce environmentally friendly products - without the use of synthetic additives or genetic engineering.The yield may not be as high, but the taste, flavor and nutritional value of the main finished product will be much higher.Perhaps the demand for organic products is not an end in itself, it's just an expression of natural human aspiration to health and longevity.