The Diagnosis: Five Reasons You Need Organics
March 9, 2016•9 min
Dr. Mike dishes on the five reasons you need organics in your diet.The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has strict guidelines on organic food classification. Organic food must be grown and manufactured without using any hormones, synthetic fertilizers, or pesticides. Something that is packaged as organic must contain at least 95% organic product by weight.Organic food tends to cost a bit more than non-organic food. Dr. Mike gives five reasons it's worth the expense: Fruits and vegetables. Research studies on organically grown fruits and vegetables have found them higher in antioxidants; phenolic acids, flavanones, stilbenes, flavones, flavonols and anthocyanins. They often taste better. Dairy. Organic milk is higher in polyunsaturated fatty acids and in particular the extremely beneficial omega-3 type polyunsaturated fatty acids. Meat. Organically produced meats are much higher in total polyunsaturated fatty acids and in particular the omega-3 type polyunsaturated fatty acids. GMOs. The organic label demands the product be free from GMOs. Sourcing and labeling. The source of the organic food must be provided, while non-organic food can come from anywhere with no declaration of origin. Listen in as Dr. Mike dishes on why you need organics in your diet.