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Did choosing for organic produce alter your health?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 03, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Lately I've been having trouble finding quality vegetables. I don't have a car, and I don't have time to take a bus and lose an entire morning. I could go to the supermarket and buy non-organic stuff, that's why I was wondering :

Did anyone here see any health benefits when eating organic vegetables, fruits and nuts instead of non-organic ones?

I heard anecdotes about tons of things improving people's health, but I never ever heard someone say "I got better when eating organic".

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on December 04, 2011
at 07:42 PM

Nobody checks to see if food is organic. Or X or Y. It's all on faith of what the producer says. Organic prices are 50-200% of conventional prices, so the incentive to be unethical is there.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on December 04, 2011
at 12:27 PM

Thanks dragonfly, didn't think about it this way.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on December 04, 2011
at 12:26 PM

What do you mean?

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on December 04, 2011
at 02:59 AM

Great answer! The only thing I would add is that I've found organic produce tastes much better which means I'm likely to eat more fruits and veggies. So, my health is positively impacted by increased fruit and veggie consumption.

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on December 04, 2011
at 01:45 AM

+1 answer all round and especially for voting with your dollar.

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:31 PM

indeed. not everything you ingest will have immediate effects, degenerative diseases doesn't come overnight. Good to support sustainable agriculture.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:26 PM

I see eating organic produce as a long-term approach for good health, not likely to show effects in the short-term.

Also, I like to think I "vote" with my food dollar. So I "vote" for sustainably-grown food where farming practices enhance the soil, avoid polluting the watershed & preserve wildlife.

It's a good investment for future generations, too. Both for the health of future children, but also of their descendents.

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:31 PM

indeed. not everything you ingest will have immediate effects, degenerative diseases doesn't come overnight. Good to support sustainable agriculture.

13a44ea00b0c9af0b6d0f3d5f5c2cfca

(7223)

on December 04, 2011
at 02:59 AM

Great answer! The only thing I would add is that I've found organic produce tastes much better which means I'm likely to eat more fruits and veggies. So, my health is positively impacted by increased fruit and veggie consumption.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on December 04, 2011
at 12:27 PM

Thanks dragonfly, didn't think about it this way.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on December 04, 2011
at 01:45 AM

+1 answer all round and especially for voting with your dollar.

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D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:09 PM

Nope. Plus, I feel a lot better not spending as much on regular veggies. :-) Of course, I scrub 'em furiously in an attempt to get rid of any chemical residue.

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:21 PM

I would argue that getting grass fed over conventional meat (and pastured eggs) is a much bigger qualitative improvement than the switch to organic produce from regular. But if you eat a lot of the heavy pesticide stuff (apples. strawberries...) - it might make sense to try to find organic. I just don't eat much of those anyway.

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B9cc28905ec54389c47cde031d709703

on December 03, 2011
at 09:03 PM

No. But I had significant improvements when I eliminated nuts and vegetables from my diet and replaced them with fruit. Generally fruit where I lives tends to be of high quality, I judge this by shelf life, it just doesn't go bad. I haven't had American farmed fruit in 6 years or so. I'm feeling fine. But since I wasn't eating like I do now it really isn't a fair comparison.

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on December 04, 2011
at 04:03 AM

If your supermarket has an "organic corner" as mine does, here's an article that might help prioritize when it's worth paying for organic. Some crops tend to have more pesticides than others.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:32 PM

Hard to know whether your "organic" food is really organic. It's all based on the honors system. I don't bother with organic, but grow everything myself using organic practices.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on December 04, 2011
at 12:26 PM

What do you mean?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on December 04, 2011
at 07:42 PM

Nobody checks to see if food is organic. Or X or Y. It's all on faith of what the producer says. Organic prices are 50-200% of conventional prices, so the incentive to be unethical is there.

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