For organic vegetables to be classified as organic, they must be cultivated without the use of man-made pesticides and fertilisers, GMO's, and must be 95% organically grown.
In the US crops must be grown without the use of man-made pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMO), bio-engineered genes, petroleum-based fertilisers and sewage-based fertilisers.
UK and European organic food is produced without the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides, genetically codified organisms (GMO) or GMO by-products.
The nutritional content of a vegetable depends to a large extent on the soil where it was grown, the climatic conditions, the method of storage after harvest, and the distribution to the final consumer.
Organic vegetables are made available immediately after harvest so they are fresh, highly nutritious, and provide all the minerals and vitamins in the right proportions.
The demand for organic vegetables has increased over the years in the US and in Europe as people try to avoid food products that contain pesticides which are harmful to health.
Several food components help your body to function at an optimum level and it’s necessary to ensure your diet plan integrates sufficient amounts of nutrition for your health and well-being. Vegetables contain essential nutrients that make for healthy living by building the immune system in the body and they are also a good source of energy. There are several types of vegetables such as leafy vegetables, bulb vegetables, and root vegetables. However, due to popular demand, it comes as no surprise to find lots of organic and inorganic vegetables available for sale.
the immune system: Vegetables contain Vitamin A and B vitamins,
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, folate, fiber, potassium, beta-carotene with other
compounds and minerals that fight off diseases and infections. They also enhance the functioning of the heart and other vital organs in the body.
Fight cancer: Some vegetables
contain flavonoids, carotenoids, and antioxidant properties that lower the risk
of developing cancer and malignant tumors. Antioxidants also repair the harmful
effects of free radicals in the body. Lycopene found in tomatoes protects the
cells and other organs in the body from oxygen damage, heart disease and
different kinds of cancer such as prostate, breast, colorectal, lung, pancreatic,
and endometrial cancers. Vegetables with
such properties include Broccoli, Spinach and Tomatoes.
Lower hypertension: Some vegetables help
to reduce hypertension as they contain lots of vitamins and essential compounds
that regulate the organs in the body. Vegetables that are organic are grown in a
controlled environment, free from artificial chemical fertilizers, thereby producing a
large supply of antioxidants that reduce heart diseases.
High nutritional value: Organic vegetables are often sold locally which results in fresh produce available in the market for consumption. The vegetables are usually sold immediately after harvest so they retains the original level of nutrients and components. Some of these vegetables include celery, cabbage, broccoli, dandelion, lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, asparagus and carrot, to mention but a few.
Strong bones: Vegetables contain calcium and vitamin K which are necessary to maintain healthy bones. Therefore, they could prevent the incidence of osteoporosis (a disease that weakens the bones).
Maintain weight: Vegetables that are organic have all their nutritional compounds in place and contain lots of fiber that helps to make you feel full, less hungry, which enables you to manage your weight better by not over eating.
Vegetables that are not organic are usually stored for longer periods because they are grown using artificial chemicals and fertilizers which prolongs the shelf life. Because of this, vegetables lose their nutritional content and their flavour when stored for a long time.
However, if you don't have access to organic veggies, please don't panic by eating less vegetables. It is far better for your health to eat non-organic veg than non at all or restrict yourself to limited organic.
Wishing you vibrant health!
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