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Doctor insights on: Organic Food Vs Non Organic Science Projects

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Is organic food truly healthier than non organic? I've read that there was no proof that it was.

Is organic food truly healthier than non organic? I've read that there was no proof that it was.

No: Food is food. However, certain foods are grown with antibiotics and use of pesticides and herbicides. Consumer's report had an excellent article discussing organic vs. Non-organic foods about a year ago. I'd go to your library and check out that copy if you do not have a subscription. It is by far the best discussion on organic foods available.

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What is organic food?

What is organic food?

Non-Synthetic Eats!: In a general sense, foods that are produced without synthetic additives from start to finish would be considered organic. More specifically, foods that are produced in accordance with the federal organic foods production act, may be labeled 'organic'. This is not to imply that they have intrinsically better nutritional value, nor are they somehow 'better for you'.

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Is organic food worth the price?

Is organic food worth the price?

Depends: If you care about sustainable farming practices, or lowering the carbon footprint of human activity; if you don't like consuming pesticides and other chemicals in your food; if you find peace of mind in eating food farmed as it has been for centuries rather than participating in one of the many modern chemical experiments on people, then yes. If you don't care about these things, no.

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Is organic food worth the extra price?

Is organic food worth the extra price?

Depends: If you care about sustainable farming practices, or lowering the carbon footprint of human activity; if you don't like consuming pesticides and other chemicals in your food; if you find peace of mind in eating food farmed as it has been for centuries rather than participating in one of the many modern chemical experiments on people, then yes. If you don't care about these things, no.

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What is best way to give a baby organic food?

What is best way to give a baby organic food?

Grow your own!: If you have complete control over growing vegetables then you know its organic. Vegetable gardening is great fun in spring, summer, and fall. However, some produce you can't grow, and most people find they don't have a milking cow or a bunch of hens. Then you can go to a pricier place and see that your milk is certified organic, as your eggs and meat. Sorry, imports have little regulations.

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How to convince my family to buy me organic food?

How to convince my family to buy me organic food?

Organic Food: 1. Discuss the health benefits. 2. Because organic food products can be considerably more expensive than non-organic, if you family can't afford it - consider growing it yourself. Even small container gardens can have great yields.

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Is the organic food revolution mostly limited to grains?

Is the organic food revolution mostly limited to grains?

No: Organic foods include fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products, as well as legumes and grains, and a multitude of packaged foods as well.

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Is there a measurable benefit to feeding kids organic food?

Is there a measurable benefit to feeding kids organic food?

Yes: I usually tell people to eat "god made" food and leave the "man made" stuff alone. No need to get food from the organic section in the supermarket. Stick to the "ouside wall" where you find the fruit and vegetables. Avoid all the sugary junk, soft drinks and commercial fruit juice. If the food that we were intended to eat had not been here before we arrived, we could not have survived.

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What are considered the benefits of eating all organic food?

What are considered the benefits of eating all organic food?

Natural History: The benefit of eating organic food is that the thousands of chemicals they (naturally) contain have been tested by nature over the millions of years of evolution, and found compatible with the ecosystem in which they developed. This may not be true of man-made chemicals, but at least the man-made chemicals have been tested for safety, whereas thousands of natural chemicals remain untested.

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Please explain why is organic food not better for your health?

Please explain why is organic food not better for your health?

Less pesticides: Generally, organically grown foods are pesticide free or contain very low amounts of harmful pesticides.

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Why does organic food is better and how will it affect my health?

Why does organic food is better and how will it affect my health?

No pesticides: Organic food is grown without using pesticides. Exposure to many of these is associated with cancer and other illnesses like parkinson's disease, etc. Our environment contains many kinds of toxins, and our bodies can have difficulty getting ride of these. Eating organic food will mean you have less pesticides in your system. In some cases, organic produce may be more nutritious & taste better.

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Does organic food really make a difference or it just marketing hype?

Does organic food really make a difference or it just marketing hype?

No, not hype: Organic food is more expensive, but it reduces exposure to toxic pesticides. Also I've personally noticed the flavor to often be better with organic foods (especially apples!) another reason to eat organic foods is to avoid the genetically modified (gmo) ones that now permeate our food supply -- with little data to support their long-term safety. Great essay here: http://tinyurl. Com/pkh43g3.

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Can I get healthier by eating organic food and doing exercise, would it be easy to loss weight?

Can I get healthier by eating organic food and doing exercise, would it be easy to loss weight?

Yes but. . .: There's no absolute requirement to eat "organic" as long as you increase fruit & vegetable consumption and decrease processed food intake. Studies suggest vegetarian diet better than those that include animal protein. But this type of vegetarian diet is obtained by shopping periphery of grocery store, not its aisles (which contain processed & boxed foods). Avoid processed & refined carbs/grains 2

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Within the past month, I've switched to eating all natural/organic food. However, I've started breaking out really bad lately. What could cause this?

Within the past month, I've switched to eating all natural/organic food. However, I've started breaking out really bad lately. What could cause this?

Breaking out?: I assume you're talking about acne. I don't think your food switch could be related to an acne break out. I would suspect other factors, primarily stress. Certainly though acne can be a real issue - esp. For a young woman like you. So I recc you check in with your primary doc. If they can't help, then see a dermatologist. They have extra expertise with regards to skin care.

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Is organic food worth the price? What about filtered water? Just hype?

Maybe: Organic food, if truly organic (no pesticides, no fertilizers, compost only for the soil) may have slightly less toxins but regulation is poor in this arena and some organic foods have higher bacterial counts and debris like insect body parts, etc. Most municipal water is pure while bottled water is not standardized and probably is municipal water anyway. Filtering just removes solids, not toxins.

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Could consuming organic food help lose weight faster than regular food?

Could consuming organic food help lose weight faster than regular food?

No: But if it is fresh, the lack of pesticides is a + for your health.

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By eating organic food and doing exercise, would it be possible to lose weight?

By eating organic food and doing exercise, would it be possible to lose weight?

Yes: But calories / energy burned must exceed calories consumed in order to lose weight. Good luck.

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Is there a government agency that makes sure that organic food labeling is accurate?

Is there a government agency that makes sure that organic food labeling is accurate?

Yes: National organic standards board, the expert panel that advises the secretary of agriculture on organic standards. Appointed by the secretary of agriculture, the nosb is a federal advisory committee.

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Is there a governing body that makes sure that organic food labeling is listed accurately?

Is there a governing body that makes sure that organic food labeling is listed accurately?

Yes: National organic standards board, the expert panel that advises the secretary of agriculture on organic standards. Appointed by the secretary of agriculture, the nosb is a federal advisory committee.