In our modern society, we have seen the increase production of processed foods. Processed foods are refined foods in which the nutrients have been removed so that they do not spoil are easier to store and be transported. They contain additives and preservatives such as artificial flavoring and chemicals. They are engineered by the industrialization of food production for better storage, transportation not health. Processed foods are designed to produce high energy in the form of glucose, empty calories that lack fiber and nutrients. Increase of pure sugar and carbohydrates cause the brain to crave sugar, overwhelms the body’s ability to regulate insulin levels for processing. This increase is our calorie intake and increase our cravings, increase risk of diseases and obesity.
Organically grown foods retain the nutrients and vitamins that they acquired from nutrient rich soil.
Organic foods have health and environmental benefits because they do not have pesticides or artificial hormones. For example cattle and butter made grass-fed animals are healthier for human cons
mption because they have higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acid. According to Pollan, it is important to maintain a 2:1 ration between the Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids similar to how our ancestors did. Omega-3 is good for brain and nerve function. Omega-6 found in processed food increase inflammation and risk for diseases. Organically grown vegetables have more nutrients than genetically modified crops. Studies have shown that they have cancer fighting properties because they have more minerals such as zinc, iron. Organically grown crops are safer for the environment because they do not use pesticides and chemicals that deplete the soil of its nutrients.Whole foods are found in their natural state.They maintain their vitamins and minerals and nutrients. (Nazario, 2009)Fruits and vegetables are whole foods that contain phytochemicals, which are the natural compounds in plants. Phytochemicals, such as flavonoids, which give plants their colors have many health benefits.Organic foods are higher in phytochemicals because they have to strengthen their resistance to bugs and weeds.
Pollan, describe the process of refining wheat in which the fiber and the oils are removed resulting in a refined white stable sugar. The fiber is needed to control the slow release of sugar. Similarly in organically grown crops and fruits they fiber content is high. This allows the body to better regulate the release of insulin. This allows the body to control the glucose level better and not be overwhelmed. Overall organic foods are safer for the environment, have higher nutrient contents, vitamins and minerals. They help fight and reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. They are also not radiated, taste better and help the body be healthier.
Pollan, M. (2008). In Defense of Food: An eater’s manifesto. New York: Penguin Press.
Nazario, B (2009, May 12) The Benefits of Healthy Whole Foods. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-benefits-of-healthy-whole-foods