“Let thy medicine be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
That famous quote by Hippocrates often referred to as “the Father of Medicine,” is about 2,500 years old, and for a long time his keen advice was treated as fact.
There is more from him and still part of the Hippocratic Oath recited by modern doctors today, is “First, do no Harm.”
But, today the preoccupation with the notion that there must be “a Pill for every Ill” now compromises this oath, because the practice of medicine is primarily focused on drugs that oftentimes to far more harm than good.
Meanwhile, modern doctors receive virtually no training in nutrition.
The 2018 documentary, “Organic Food — Hype or Hope?” analyzes the benefits of organically grown foods.
The Big Q: How are Organic Foods different from conventional and do they live up to the promise of being healthier?
Eating Organic is 1 of the easiest ways to optimize nutrition without supplementation depending on your condition and overall diet.
Studies show that Organic foods:
- Have much lower pesticide residues, and
- Contain higher amounts of health-promoting nutrients.
Among them is a meta-analysis by Stanford University, published in Y 2012, which looked at 240 studies comparing organically and conventionally grown food. Organics were 23 to 37% less likely to contain detectable pesticide residues.
Considering the health dangers associated with pesticides, this is clear evidence that Organics confer greater health benefits than conventional produce.
Organically raised chicken was also up to 45% less likely to contain antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which will also help protect our health.
Following Stanford, a group of scientists at Newcastle University in the UK evaluated an even greater number of studies, 343 in all, published over several decades.
And like the Stanford study, this follow-up analysis,published in Y 2014, found that while conventional and Organic vegetables oftentimes contain similar levels of many nutrients, the frequency of occurrence of pesticide residues was 4X higher in conventional foods.
Conventional produce also had on average 48% higher levels of cadmium, a toxic metal and a known carcinogen. And, while many nutrient levels were comparable, a Key nutritional difference between conventional and Organics was their antioxidant content.
In the Newcastle analysis, Organic fruits and vegetables were found to contain anywhere from 18 to 69% more antioxidants than conventionally grown varieties.
Antioxidants are a very important part of optimal health, as they influence how fast we age by fighting free radicals.
So, the fact that Organic foods contain far higher levels of them vouches for the stance that Organic foods are healthier in terms of nutrition, in addition to being lower in pesticides.
Choosing Organic foods for you and your family is 1 of the most proactive measures you can implement to take control of your health.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively