Friday, 21 August 2015

Hint of the day - One myth about eating healthy and organic - it is not so expensive as you think.

Myth: It’s too expensive to eat healthily

Why it’s rubbish: Ready meals and frozen food will cost more than if you bought the ingredients and made it yourself. Likewise, a banana or an apple is a cheaper snack than a chocolate bar or packet of crisps. Also, homemade meals can easily be spread over more than one meal, saving you even more money in the process!
Than why to go for the obvious unhealthy choice, especially if some long term research showed that over time we pay more in health bills than we would pay for healthy organic food ?

An international team of experts led by Newcastle University has shown that organic crops are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown ones.
Analyzing 343 studies into the compositional differences between organic and conventional crops, the team found that a switch to eating organic fruit, vegetable and cereals – and food made from them – would provide additional antioxidants equivalent to eating between 1-2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day. The study, published today in the prestigious British Journal of Nutrition, also shows significantly lower levels of toxic heavy metals in organic crops.  Cadmium, which is one of only three metal contaminants along with lead and mercury for which the European Commission has set maximum permitted contamination levels in food, was found to be almost 50% lower in organic crops than conventionally-grown ones. Newcastle University’s Professor Carlo Leifert, who led the study, says: “This study demonstrates that choosing food produced according to organic standards can lead to increased intake of nutritionally desirable antioxidants and reduced exposure to toxic heavy metals. You can find more about this here.

Another approach can be found here, and the results were that eating organic cutting meat in the same time will cost similar to eating normal or GM food.

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