When it comes to ‘organic food’ what is important to understand is that this refers to reduced chemical exposure, it does not however refer to the that foods macro-nutrients or micro-nutrients. According to the USDA, ‘USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to federal guidelines addressing, among many factors, soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives‘.
When a food is produced organically, it simply means it is cleaner and more free from chemicals, it does not ensure that the food good for you. Food items can be high-glycemic carbohydrates or filled with sugar which, even when ingredients are organic, can still lead to illness, disease and obesity.
The term ‘organic’ is not a catch all phrase that always translates to ‘healthy’. This being said, eating organic whole foods has become more important now than ever! Foods that are not organic are treated with and exposed to many harmful toxins, chemicals and preservatives that have a significant negative impact to our health. Moving your nutritional choices towards both organic foods as well as whole foods that meet a balanced nutritional structure is recommended.