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Bio special part 2: The benefits of real organic food

  1. Bio special part 1: What exactly is organic food? The term â € ˜biologicalâ € ™ is used by manufacturers inappropriately, but not everything is true what is said in the advertisements. Even without using the term 'organic', the impression is often given that it is organic, or at least animal-friendly. In the previous part of this special about organic food we were able to see what exactly organic means, so that we can see for ourselves whether a product is really organic or not on the basis of a label.

  2. Bio special part 1: What is organic food exactly? The term â € ˜biologicalâ € ™ is used by manufacturers inappropriately, but not everything that is said in the advertisements is true. Often even without using the term 'organic', the impression is given that it is organic, or at least animal friendly. In the previous part of this special about organic food we were able to see what exactly organic means, so that we can see for ourselves whether a product is really organic or not on the basis of a label.

  1. In this second part, we will take a closer look at the health benefits for consumers. Paying more for the welfare of animals and the environment is a nice goal, but we should also benefit from it. That's how we are again.

The difference between organic and organic

  1. In the early days of organic food, it was mainly the small, local farmers who made the products in a truly organic way and then sold them through the local trade. The big supermarket chains and manufacturers hardly paid any attention to it, because they thought that this â € goat wool socks thingâ € ™ would not be commercially interesting. However, this has changed significantly over time.

  2. In the early days of organic food, it was mainly the small, local farmers who made the products in a truly organic way and then sold them through the local trade. The big supermarket chains and manufacturers paid little attention to it, because they thought that this â € goat wool socks thingâ € ™ would not be commercially interesting. However, this has changed significantly over time.

  1. For ten years in a row the annual turnover for organic products has been increasing, and has now reached the 1 billion mark. It has thus become a very attractive market for producers. You can now see the most fantastic organic products from all the major producers on the shelves, and at attractive prices.

  2. For ten years in a row the annual turnover for organic products has been increasing, and has now reached the 1 billion mark. It has thus become a very attractive market for producers. You can now see the most fantastic organic products on the shelves of all the major producers, and at attractive prices.

  1. Of course, due to the volume, a large producer can offer a more attractive price than the local farmer, but there are more things to consider:

  2. Of course, because of the volume, a large producer can offer a more attractive price than the local farmer, but there are more things to consider:

  1. The local farmer, who once started to deliver a product with heart and soul that more than meets all the requirements of organic farming, will deliver a better organic product than the major producers. In order to be able to produce as cheaply as possible, but still fall within the organic rules, the large producers are constantly looking for the limits of what is permissible.

  1. If an organic laying hen must have between 2 and 4 square meters of outdoor space, the large producers will suffice with 2 meters, while the small farmers tend more towards 3 or even 4 meters walk-out area. Needless to say, the eggs from the local farmer are more organic than the eggs that are delivered cheaper by one of the many major suppliers through the supermarkets.

  1. EXAMPLE: Have you ever taken a close look at the label of organic milk, supplied in plastic bottles at the supermarket? In order to extend the shelf life as long as possible, the organic milk is sterilized. This means that all possible bacteria are killed at a temperature of more than 100 degrees. Fine in itself, but most of the nutrients that are the reason for drinking milk are also killed. In the end, you are left with a product that has nothing to do with the principle of health (see part 1 of this special). I looked at the supermarket for organic milk that has been pasteurized (Most bacteria are killed at 40 degrees Celsius, and the milk has a limited shelf life) but so far I have not found it. Strangely enough, this falls under the heading of â € ˜bioâ € ™. Okay, the beasts will have had a good time, but the potential consumer benefits will be completely negated by the sterilization process.

  2. EXAMPLE: Have you ever taken a close look at the label of organic milk, supplied in plastic bottles at the supermarket? To extend the shelf life as long as possible, the organic milk is sterilized. This means that all possible bacteria are killed at a temperature of more than 100 degrees. Fine in itself, but most of the nutrients that are the reason for drinking milk are also killed. In the end you will end up with a product that has nothing to do with the principle of health (see part 1 of this special). I looked at the supermarket for organic milk that has been pasteurized (Most bacteria are killed at 40 degrees Celsius, and the milk has a limited shelf life) but so far I have not found it. Strangely enough, this falls under the heading â € ˜bioâ € ™. Okay, the beasts will have had a good time, but the potential consumer benefits will be completely negated by the sterilization process.

  1. If you want to know more about this process of sterilization and pasteurization, I refer you to another special on dairy products. (link to the special on dairy products!) Read in this special also about the difference between butter and margarine. Then think again if you buy organic margarine at the store. Very strong marketing, but little or no added value for the consumer. While of course you pay the main prize for these kinds of organic products!

  2. If you want to know more about this process of sterilization and pasteurization, I refer you to another special on dairy products. (link to the special on dairy products!) Also read in this special about the difference between butter and margarine. Then think again if you buy organic margarine at the store. Very strong marketing, but little or no added value for the consumer. While of course you pay the main prize for these types of organic products!

  1. To be sure that the products on offer are also truly organic, and not just give the impression, you can pay attention to certain quality marks such as the EU quality mark and the EKO quality mark . More about this in part 3 of this special.

  2. To be sure that the products on offer are really organic, and not just give the impression, you can pay attention to certain quality marks such as the EU quality mark and the EKO quality mark . More about this in part 3 of this special.

  1. Meanwhile, a fierce battle for the consumer is going on, between the local farmer and the big producers. As in all this kind of business, the one with the largest advertising and marketing budget wins. We, as consumers, can change this by critically reading the labels or, even better, simply buying your dairy products or meat from a local farmer or a cooperative of local farmers.

  1. This guarantees a good product, and you help the small farmer in the fight against the millions of devouring advertising campaigns of the big producers, some of which are also on the border of deception.

  1. Ok, now we know the difference between organic and real organic products. We now know that nature, the environment and animals benefit greatly from this agricultural method, but what are the (health) benefits for the consumer?

Is organic healthier than non-organic?

  1. This is a question that has been asked by consumers for years. Fortunately, a lot of research has already been done at home and abroad. But despite all these studies by the best scientists, opinions about its health benefits are still divided. It is not so much the result of the studies that is divisive among the researchers, but to date the discussion has still focused on the research method to be used and the definitions to be used to obtain an unambiguous result. Despite this difference of opinion, evidence is mounting that organic products are indeed healthier than their non-organic counterparts.

  1. A number of studies have shown that the content of vitamin C is higher, but here is again a discussion because this content depends on the season and weather conditions. So the result will be different if you carry out the survey in the spring, or at the end of the summer.

  1. Nevertheless, you can draw some very logical conclusions about the end product, based on the principles of organic farming. These conclusions are also increasingly endorsed by science:

  1. Organic products contain almost no, or none at all, residues of veterinary medicines. The farmers who follow the principles of organic farming never use veterinary medicines on a structural basis. They also wait longer before an animal is treated, milked or slaughtered.

  1. Organic farmers do not use synthetic and / or chemical pesticides. As a result, you will never find residues of these pesticides in and on an organic product. In this way you, as a consumer, do not receive any pesticide residue. Needless to say, this is better for your health.

  1. Animals that grow up in a biological environment have a much better natural defense against diseases than animals in normal livestock farming. The animals build up these natural defenses because they live longer and grow at a slower pace. In this way they can grow over certain infections. An example of this is the salmonella bacteria. By eating organic meat, the risk of salmonella contamination is therefore much smaller than with products from regular livestock farming.

Benefits of organic for the consumer

  1. Let's see per product type what the possible benefits for you, as a consumer, can be and what is the basis for this:

Organic Bread

  1. Organic bread is baked at a lower temperature, so that less nutrients are lost. At the normal higher temperature many nutrients are destroyed. Little to no additives such as bread improvers are also used in organic bread. Of course, organic bread is made from organic wheat, without the use of pesticides and fertilizers.

Organic Dairy

  1. Organic milk contains more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than normal milk. These fatty acids are important for the immune system and help to combat allergies, asthma and cardiovascular disease. Organic dairy is also completely free of hormones and antibiotics, which are often added to animal feed. Organic cows simply walk outside and eat the fresh grass of the land. Always better than concentrates with chemical additives!

Organic Meat

  1. You will also not find growth hormones and antibiotics in organic meat. Also, no animal meal is used, so the risk of BSE (the brain disease Creutzfeldt-Jacobs) is nil. Organic chicken, beef and pork are now available. You will never find organic lamb and veal, because this goes against the principle that no meat is sold from non-adult animals.

Organic Vegetables

  1. Did you know that ordinary lettuce that is offered prepackaged in the supermarket, is first washed in a mixture of water and chlorine to keep the lettuce crispy? The package, along with the lettuce, is filled with carbon dioxide and nitrogen before it is closed. Tasty (not) fresh…

  1. Organic lettuce is never prepackaged, and contains more vitamins and minerals than regular lettuce.

Organic Fruit

  1. Remnants of pesticides are regularly found on normal fruit. Pesticides are never used in the cultivation of organic fruit, so you will never find this on the end product.

Organic Oil

  1. Unlike normal oil, organic oil is produced at a much lower temperature while preserving the nutrients. When oil is produced at a high temperature, the (healthy) unsaturated fatty acids are converted into (unhealthy) saturated fatty acids.

  1. There are several independent bodies that are engaged in the control and certification of organic products, with the aim of making it easier for consumers to recognize a real organic product. You can read how this works in part 3 of this special on organic products.

  1. Click below to read Part 3: Bio special part 3: The recognisability of real organic products



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