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Frequently asked questions about organic and natural foods

Updated on March 27, 2013

You need to eat healthy foods to be in tip top shape. But which is better natural food or organic food? It is about time to make a choice since organic foods are slowly gaining popularity worldwide and this article endeavors to impart some valuable information about this.

To start in right off the blocks, both natural and organic fosters good health and longevity. They provide the much-needed nutrients that we need and play a role in getting rid of toxins in our body.

Removing foods that yields toxins from our diet can be done by opting for foods that are either natural or organic.

Getting around with organic or natural food labels can be a daunting task. Though both of them are closely related they are technically different.


What are organic foods?

Organic foods are grown to conform to strict organic standards. The term “organic,” implies foods are produced without using pesticides or fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetic engineering or irradiation.

With regards to animals, however, it means they weren’t given antibiotics or hormones, had access to the outdoors, were raised organically and was fed by organic feeds and their pasture is free from agrochemicals.

What are natural foods?

The word the “natural,” is used to describe real foods that are free from artificial additives to enhance or modify food form in unnatural way. So also, it implies that the foods are as close as possible to its natural state such that it is raw or natural to eat like fruits, vegetables, whole grain cereals, nuts and seeds and even meat and fish.

Why organic foods are expensive or cost more than the natural foods?

Organic foods usually costs two times greater than the natural foods since producing organic foods require may need a lot of manual labor since the farmers will shun away from pesticides, chemical fertilizers or drugs. Moreover, obtaining organic certification from the government and maintaining an organic farm can be painstaking.

Since the organic produce and animals are confined to controlled environment it requires small land area than the natural ones and this makes the yield relatively smaller.

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      Rebecca Furtado 4 years ago from Anderson, Indiana

      I always wondered why organic food was so much more expensive. Good article.