Imagine you have two apples, one is organic, and the other is grown through non-sustainable agricultural practices (priortizing high yields in short term). They both have the same good things inside, everything that would keep “that doctor away,” like vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. But the organic apple is smaller in size than the one grown with the help of fertilizers and pesticides. Why? Well, it’s because these products that help the apple grow big can make it have more sugar and starch (making it sweeter) than the smaller one. So, the smaller organic apple is better for you because it has more good things in every bite with fewer calories. And comparatively, the smaller apple with less sugar, fewer calories, and more nutrients is better for your weight loss journey. That’s just one benefit of having organic food; these are food products that were grown without synthetic pesticides, growth hormones, antibiotics, non-sustainable farming practices, genetic engineering or chemical fertilizers. Switching to organic food is good, it’s great for your health, and it can also help with weight loss and in trimming the waistline. Let’s find out how:
1. Some studies have found that organic fruits and vegetables contain anywhere from 20% to 40% more antioxidants per calorie than conventionally-grown varieties. Experts say if you pick organic food over commercial food, it’s like getting an extra serving without any additional calories! A report from British Journal of Nutrition that reviewed around 343 studies found that on an average, organic foods contain higher concentrations of antioxidants than conventionally-grown foods. Antioxidants fight free radicals, reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, and help lower overall body fat, including from around the waist region. Also read: “Is ABC Juice Good For Weight Loss?”
2. Non-organic food may be exposed to chemicals and pesticides (organophosphate, organochlorine for example), that have been linked to insulin resistance, diabetes, and obesity. Switching to organic food can help eliminate exposure to these chemicals. Also read: “5 Reasons Why Home-Cooked Food Can Help You Lose Weight.”
3. We know how antioxidants, vitamins, minerals (iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, copper, for example), help with weight loss, and organic food tend to have a nutritional value and a better concentration of these nutrients. Research from Newcastle University revealed that organic fruits and vegetables contain about 12 percent more healthy plant compounds like resveratrol and polyphenols compared to conventionally-grown produce. These compounds, particularly flavonols help in curbing appetite and promoting a feeling of fullness. However, food produced through conventional farming might decrease the levels of these beneficial compounds in plants.
4. Pesticides like neonicotinoids (used on corn and cereal crops), organophosphate pesticides (used on fruits, vegetable crops), are obesogens that act as endocrine disruptors and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Switching to organic food, grown without these pesticides, will lower the associated risks and prevent the build-up fat around the belly region.
5. Though the data is limited on GMO (genetically-modified organism foods) and genetically-engineered foods, there are certain studies that point towards consumption of genetically-engineered corn with rise in obesity.
Summing up, switching to organic food is good for your health, weight loss goals, and also the environment. Grown without harmful pesticides and use of non-sustainable farming practices, organic produce has a higher concentration of nutrients and antioxidants. Choosing organic food also means avoiding antibiotics and hormones found in conventional animal products. By opting for organic foods, you would be promoting your weight loss by a great deal. Most importantly, to find out what kind of food to eat while on a diet to lose weight fast, subscribe to the diet plans on the Rati Beauty app.