The TRUTH About Eating Organic…

Written by Josh Bezoni

Eating Organic

You’ve probably heard there are benefits to eating organic, but if you’re like most people, you may still be a tad confused about the whole “organic” thing (as indicated by all the organic-related emails regularly found in my inbox).

Perhaps you’ve wondered, “What makes something ‘organic,’ and why is it better than the regular stuff?” Or maybe, “What makes organic produce so darned expensive? Is there any way to enjoy it without burning a hole in my wallet?”

Coach Josh to the rescue.

We’ll start with some boring (yet helpful) definitions.

What Does Eating Organic Really Mean?

What Does Eating Organic Even Mean?

For a food to be certified organic, it must meet certain USDA criteria. For vegetables and fruits, this means  the produce must be grown without using most conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering, or ionizing radiation.

There’s other criteria when talking about meat, but for today, we’ll stick with produce.

The benefits of eating organic—particularly produce—are that produce grown under organic standards have been shown to provide significantly greater amounts of powerful compounds called phytochemicals (i.e., plant chemicals)—which have potent fat-fighting, age-defying, antioxidant properties—while reducing exposure to potentially harmful pesticide residues, heavy metals, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.1,2

In other words, you get a lot more of the good stuff and less of the potentially harmful stuff—pretty much a great trade-off any way you look at it.

Cost Cutting for Organic Produce

Cutting Through Cost Concerns

As far as cost is concerned, if you’re buying organic produce at a typical supermarket, then yes, you will generally pay considerably more than the conventional versions of these same fruits and veggies.

That said, a simple solution is to shop elsewhere for your organic needs. A great solution I personally use is to buy a “share” of the season’s harvest at a local farm, known as community supported agriculture or “CSA,” for short. Basically, I’ve got all the organic produce I could dream of from June through Thanksgiving—for a very reasonable price.

You can get a list of local CSA farms near you by visiting localharvest.org

Another alternative to joining a local CSA is simply stopping by your local farmers’ market. Health-food stores are a third option, but I’d recommend checking out circulars and going for what’s on sale when shopping at these outlets. Otherwise, your wallet might still feel the impact.

Fresh, in-season, organic produce can be just as affordable, if not more so, than the regular stuff at the grocery store. And you’ll also likely notice a significant improvement in taste. Don’t believe me? Try the tomato test. Grab an organic tomato from your local farmers’ market and a “conventional” tomato from the grocery store, slice them up, and compare. Look at the color and texture, and then close your eyes and taste. Amazing, right?!

Buying in bulk can further decrease costs. As we all know, that 5-gallon tub of mayonnaise is always a steal compared to the cost of the equivalent 20 individual jars.

Remember, produce will always be cheaper in-season, so stock up at the right time and then freeze the rest. (Frozen produce can easily last months once purchased and will still taste great. Simply thaw and enjoy.) This gives you the double-whammy savings of buying in-season and in larger quantities. The end result—fat-burning, healthy food at a massive discount!

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References

  • 1. Smith-Spangler C, Brandeau ML, Hunter GE, et al. Are organic foods safer or healthier than conventional alternatives?: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med. 2012;157(5):348-366. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-157-5-201209040-00007.
  • 2. Barański M, Srednicka-Tober D, Volakakis N, et al. Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses. Br J Nutr. 2014;112(5):794-811. doi:10.1017/S0007114514001366.
  • Laurie Czerwinski

    The antioxidants in these fruits and veggies are the important part in preventing something bad in your system; I’m just sharing the classroom discussion in Nursing school or bio-chemistry class..as it was said,( that) a “free radical” (which is a floating ‘ ion’ with a negative or positive charge on it…as you might not know, that the cellular exchange of a human cell is all driven by electrical charge; anyway,that’s how it works ex: the sodium (w/ a negative charge on it) and potassium ( w/positive charge on it) ‘pump’ is what pulls nutrients in and out of a human cell through the cell wall) can actually cause an “anomaly” and, the anomaly causes the beginning of a tumor. The anti oxidants then, combine, or take up, a floating ion; oxygen (oxidant) is just the word for an important electrically charged ion that exists.Just adding to the share of righteous learning from Joel and Josh about eating healthy! Thanks for all the reminders!

    • Cristina

      Hi Laurie. We appreciate your feedback and the detailed information on antioxidants. There are many benefits of including foods that contain antioxidants in your healthy diet.

      Research has shown that antioxidants have also been implicated in the prevention of a number of degenerative, age-related disease, including:

      Alzheimer’s
      Cancer
      Cardiovascular disease
      Cataracts
      Cognitive impairment
      Immune dysfunction
      Macular degeneration

      So as you can see the benefits are plentiful.

      Thanks again for chiming in on this post, Laurie. We look forward to your contributions.

      • dale ruff

        A rich source of antioxydants is coffee. An Italian study found that drinking 3 cups of espresso (3 oz or so) resulted in 54% lower incidence of prostate cancer. The decaf did not produce this result, so apparently caffeine is a powerful protector against cancer. Espresso, of course, is highly concentrated so i assume drinking 16 oz of strong coffee would offer similar protection, tho the research was just on espresso.

        Perhaps caffeine, that much maligned substance, is part of the answer to the epidemic of prostate cancer. The Italian study points compellingly in that direction. Why doesn’t the coffee industry do a similar study on regular coffee in various doses?

    • Jim

      What type of Na do you know that has a Negative charge. Please check your facts before posting as an expert..

  • Dinesh

    Thanks for info
    Admire it

  • Rudy Garcia

    Hi ! my name is Rudy Garcia, and I have a question. all the supposed organic GMO free produce. do they use organic water?? FLUORIDE free. I would really want to know.

    • Cristina

      Hi Rudy. Great question! Truth be told, there is no such thing as organic water. Under the National Organic Program (NOP), water is not an actual ingredient that can receive certification as being organic.

      There are many guidelines and regulations in place to ensure that anyone who is manufacturing or producing organic foods, uses the safest water possible. For example, any water used in organic operations must meet the standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

      Additionally, there is a National List which may serve as further guidance on what is allowed and not allowed when producing or handling organic foods which you may access here:

      Code of Organic Regulations

      While these guidelines are great to have in place, I would argue that the only way to know for sure about the foods you are consuming is to purchase from a local farmer you trust, or to grow it yourself.

  • FreeLivin

    Great info as i totally agree. Over past yr i made some drastic changes to my diet and eating habbits. Not to loose weigth or anything that has not been an issue. It was more about living a healthier life to hopefully get myself off the BP & cholesterol meds. In doing so i went Full organic on everything and what a world of difference. took 8 months but i am off all meds now, doc is very happy & I just feel 100% better. Sure its more costly but really its not if you make other adjustments like i did. I felt if the idea is to live & eat healthier then I’ll give up going out to dinner or ordering and in doing that it offset the increase in cost of Organic food for home.

    I am curious tho seeing as meat was overlooked. Will you be doing a article on that anytime soon. I’d be interested in your input on that as well along with dairy, seeing as they both have there own things to look for and contend with when buying

    • Cristina

      Greetings, FreeLivin. Kudos to you for taking control of your health, and improving the quality of your life, by making improvements to your healthy eating habits.

      As Joel mentioned above, there are many ways in which you can cut some of the costs of buying organic, and I would encourage you to explore some of those simple solutions to help you save money.

      Generally speaking, organic does not imply that a food is healthy or helps one lose weight. For example, you can go to your favorite health food store and find a ton of packaged foods that contain processed ingredients. You can find organic sugar, organic refined flour, and the like. While these “foods” may be GMO-free and not treated with pesticides, it does not mean that your body processes them any differently than conventional varieties of these same types of products.

      In terms of organic dairy, this is likely going to be a superior choice to conventional varieties of dairy, as well as in the cases of meats, poultry, eggs, and fish. In all of these cases, this has an impact on what these animals are fed, which will ultimately have an impact on their fatty acid profiles, and that may ultimately have an impact on your health, body composition, and performance.

      I love your suggestion to do a second article in this series wherein we dig a little deeper into the “truth about organics”. I will see if I can make that happen!

    • Hi FreeLivin,

      Like Coach Cristina said, kudos to you, my friend! Great job on taking your health—and your LIFE—into your own hands by striving to improve your food choices and eating patterns. While what you eat—and don’t eat—is indisputably important, remember that’s only part of the puzzle. Regular physical activity, stress management, and plenty of quality sleep are equally important. Often overlooked, too, are things like getting outdoors for plenty of time in the sun, drinking as much clean water (e.g., spring/mineral water) as you can, and limiting your time in front of electronic screens are often overlooked but perhaps even more important.

      That’s a great question about organic meat. We can indeed hit on that in the future; thanks for the suggestion!

      Just to piggyback on what Coach Cristina said, there does appear to be some nutritional differences between organic and conventional meat. For instance, in a recent systemic review and meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition, a group of researchers critically analyzed data from 67 different studies comparing the composition of organic (i.e., grass-fed, pasture-raised) and non-organic (i.e., conventional) meat products.

      They found that the organic beef (which come from animals that spend considerably more time grazing in the pasture eating grass) contained 45% more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional meat products. What was particularly striking was that the organic beef contained 5 times more EPA and 129% more DHA. The significance of this can’t be overstated considering the myriad health benefits associated with these very long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

      In addition to a much healthier omega-3 fatty acid profile, research also shows that organic beef is one of the best dietary sources of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), as it contains an average of 2 to 3 times more CLA than conventional beef. CLA possesses antioxidant activity, and research has shown it to reduce body fat, increase lean body mass, and improve body composition.

      Keep up the great work, FreeLivin!

      Coach Tim

  • Keri

    Organic is not and has not proven to be healthier, but fresh locally grown has. The closer to the source you buy, the higher the nutrient content. Most fruits and certainly vegetables begin senescing as soon as they are picked, which is to say their cellular structure breaks down. That lowers the nutritional content dramatically. So buy fresh, farm direct OR get flash frozen or peak canned product (either of which will have been taken directly from the field and into the processing facility resulting in the maximum nutritional benefits). Organic is a catch phrase these days. It has little or no bearing on quality or consistency of product. If you can see the whites of the farmers eyes who grew your produce; Excellent! Labeling means little. Talk to your grower and build a relationship. Know what you are paying for. Use produce quickly and try not to store product in your fridge for any length of time.

    • Hi Keri,

      Thanks a bunch for stopping by and for sharing this excellent advice! You are absolutely right about people’s misconceptions about food labeled as “organic.” We covered this in-depth in the following free report:

      9 Organic Foods to Never Eat

      People tend to eat more when it’s labeled organic; they tend to forgo other healthy behaviors (e.g., exercise) more easily, justifying doing so by their organic food choices; and they tend to think all food labeled organic (even if it’s cookies, crackers, junk food, etc.) is healthier than its conventional counterpart—even if there is no nutritional difference.

      Speaking of which, i tend to agree with you that the nutritional quality of organic food is overstated. For example, most tend to think that organic produce contains much higher levels of vitamins and minerals. As stated in the blog article above, this is not entirely true. This is also covered much more deeply in the free report above.

      However, organic produce has been shown to contain more phytochemicals (i.e., plant chemicals)—which have potent antioxidant properties—while reducing exposure to
      potentially harmful pesticide residues, heavy metals, and
      antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Here are a couple studies showing that:

      Smith-Spangler C, Brandeau ML, Hunter GE, et al. Are organic foods
      safer or healthier than conventional alternatives?: a systematic review.
      Ann Intern Med. 2012;157(5):348-366.
      doi:10.7326/0003-4819-157-5-201209040-00007.

      Barański M, Srednicka-Tober D, Volakakis N, et al. Higher
      antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of
      pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature
      review and meta-analyses. Br J Nutr. 2014;112(5):794-811.
      doi:10.1017/S0007114514001366.

      With that being said, I would completely agree with you that buying local produce is best, and you provide some excellent tips. As you’ll see in the article above, we make some of the very same recommendations:

      Join a CSA (community supported agriculture)

      Shop at a farmer’s market

      Buy fresh, in-season produce

      Freeze in-season produce and/or purchase seasonal produce

      An additional advantage to buying local, in-season produce is that there may be advantages to human health and optimization to eating seasonally. Dr. Jack Kruse talks about this extensively, and I’d have to agree.

      Thanks, Keri!

      Coach Tim

      • YHGTBKM

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        • Cristina

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    • dale ruff

      Do you deny that food grown without toxic chemicals is not healthier?
      The only food assured not to be GMO, which is grown with glyphosate, which the IARC determined to be a likely carcinogen is organic.

      Most non-organic food is loaded with toxins.

      True story.

  • JudyG.

    I’m wondering whether the MetaboGreens are organic. Also, the description says, “no added sugar.” Does that mean that the fruit portion is from sugar-sweetened concentrated fruit juices or fruits? I’m always suspicious when I see, “no added sugar:” on a product. For instance, concentrated frozen orange juice is loaded with sugar. Also, bottled juices are full of sugar.

    • Cristina

      Hi JudyG, Great questions!

      You will be pleased to learn that MetaboGreens 45X is certified organic by Quality Assurance International (QAI). In addition, this product is GMO-free and gluten free.

      According to the FDA, the statement “no sugar added” can only be used if no sugar or sugar-containing ingredient is used during processing. Sugar-containing ingredients covered under this standard include honey, molasses, high-fructose corn syrup, malt syrup and cane syrup.

      Speaking specifically to BioTRUST Nutrition, our products are made with natural ingredients and contain no artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, or preservatives.

      MetaboGreens 45X is naturally sweetened with Stevia, which is a 100% all-natural sweetener. Stevia is actually an herb that comes from the Crysanthemum family, which grows wild in parts of Paraguay and Brazil as a small shrub. The glycosides in its leaves account for its incredible sweetness.

      As a matter of fact, Brazilians and Paraguayans have used the leaves from this shrub for centuries to sweeten their beverages, like Yerba Mate.

      Some foods and beverages that are labeled as “100% fruit juice” and “no sugar added” would appear to be a healthy option, however more often than not, this is a case of a wolf dressed in sheeps clothing.

      The truth is that while some fruit juice is indeed 100% juice with no added sugar, it is important to know and significant to consider the source of the sugar that is being used. Most heavily processed foods and beverages are filled with sugars that come from genetically modified (GM) crops, and they may pose significant health issues and we recommend avoiding them whenever possible.

    • dale ruff

      Fruit juice has no “added sugar” yet it is loaded with sugar with the fiber and other nutrients removed, leaving you with a toxic sugar feast for your cancer and other diseases. Instead, eat whole fruit with no added sugar and without all the good stuff stripped away.

      • Cristina

        Hello Dale. We could not agree more with your statement that “fruit juice is loaded with sugar”. In fact Coach Tim recently posted an article which discussed this very topic:

        Fruits That Make You Gain Weight

        We always recommend eating whole foods, locally grown (whenever possible), and limiting your consumption of sugar. If you have time to explore some of our other content, you will see we are right in line with your thought process, and believe good nutrition is critical for a healthy lifestyle.