cildren eat healthy galway
cildren eat healthy galway

Benefits of organic food and organic food delivered to your door

Since the 1950s over 3500 man-made chemicals have made their way into manufactured everyday foods, along with pesticides, antibiotics and hormone residues.

 

What does organic food mean?

  • Chemical fertilisers are prohibited

  • Nearly all pesticides are prohibited and residues are rarely found. By contrast, a higher incidence of pesticide residues occurs in non-organic foods, and there is growing concern about the ‘cocktail effect’ of multiple residues.

  • Routine use of drugs and antibiotics is banned. There is growing concern over the risk to health from antibiotic resistance.

  • Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are prohibited. There is currently insufficient evidence regarding their safety for humans, although negative health effects have been observed in animal trials.

 

Organic foods are higher quality 

Looking at the most  comprehensive, up-to-date research  into  organic  compared  to  conventionally  produced  foods; this showed  that  organic  crops  were  of  a  much  higher  nutritional  quality  than  their  non-organic counterparts.

With regard to antioxidants (including Vitamin C), for example, “There is strong scientific evidence that there are health benefits to eating a diet rich in antioxidants. Studies have linked an increased intake to protection against chronic diseases, including cancers.” Switching to organic is equivalent to eating one or two additional portions of fruit and veg per day.

 

Getting organic food from a local or Irish supplier also means that the food is super fresh, next best thing to picking it yourself. This means that they taste better. Of course some key nutrients like Vitamin C are very fragile, and are easily destroyed by light, heat etc. Vitamin C was found to be higher, on average, in organically grown crops.

 

In recent years, more organic food is available in many supermarkets but I'm just going to mention one  supplier that offers online ordering and nationwide delivery: Green Earth Organics,  a family run, organic farm in Galway. Delivery costs start at € €2.50 for many areas (eg Dublin, Wicklow, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Limerick).

They offer a wide range of organic products, not only fruit and veg but organic groceries including grains, eggs and cereals as well as personal care and household products. They also import foods in order to offer a bigger selection of produce year round. 

 Also anyone can join their Healthy Eating group on Facebook: to share tips on using your veg, swap recipes etc https://www.facebook.com/groups/geohealthyeating/

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Green Earth Organics Caherlea, Corrandulla, Co Galway       
 
When you join the e-newsletter as a special offer, Green Earth Organics are offering €5 OFF everyone’s  FIRST ORDER  (on orders over €30).
 
Please note that I did not receive any gain from Green Earth Organics for writing this.
 
Sources:
https://www.soilassociation.org/media/4920/policy_report_2001_organic_farming_food_quality_human_health.pdf
The above information is general only and does not apply to everyone. If you’re looking for personalised, healthy eating support and advice for your child, why not consider booking a consultation with me? Email me at colette@growinghealthyeaters.ie 
 
HERE'S TO GROWING HEALTHY EATERS
till next time,
ColetteReynolds 
 
 
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colette reynolds

BA (Psych), MSc (Health Psych), PhD (Health Promotion), Member of AHPI, BTEC (Nutrition & Health Coaching), IINH Certified

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