What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Organic Food

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Register to read the introduction… According to the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, some of the key advantages include:
• Pesticides are not used in organic foods; rather natural compounds are used instead. Many health risks, such as cancer, are associated with pesticide use and eating organic foods reduces and potentially eliminates these risks.
• Organic foods must meet USDA qualifications before they can be marketed as organic.
• Use of organic compounds on animal’s means that they are not fed antibiotics or growth hormones and that they are fed organic food. (Seaman, 2013) Of course for anything that has advantages there are also disadvantages. Again from the National Institute for Fitness and Sport, some disadvantages with organic food
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Sugars aren’t just found in sweets and they may be added into items on top of the already natural sugars that a food includes. These sugars are included to give foods an appealing color. You can locate these added or hidden sugars by reviewing a product’s ingredient label. The hidden sugars will normally be found among the first two or three ingredients. Some examples include sugar, maltose, brown sugar, corn syrup, cane sugar, honey and fruit juice concentrate. For a balanced diet we require some sodium however we tend to consume much more than what we actually need. According to Sharon Denny of Eat Right, “three quarters of our sodium intake comes from processed foods.” Sodium is added to canned foods to enhance the taste and texture. We shouldn’t eliminate canned vegetables since many of them include nutrients that are important in our diets, but we should be cautious. Some simple steps that can be taken include buying low sodium canned goods and rinsing canned vegetables before using them reduces 40 percent of the sodium! Lastly, there is fat. Fat can help preserve food making it’s shelf life last longer but we need to be understanding of the types of fat listed on the label. Trans fats actually raise our bad cholesterol while lowering our good cholesterol at the same time. You will find these trans fats in a lot more food products that you think. …show more content…
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