Everything you need to know about going Organic
Posted By Bec van den Elzen - Nutritionist June 2, 2020
You may be wondering what the difference is between ‘organic’ and conventionally grown produce. Not only this, but the difference between ‘organic’ and ‘certified organic’.
The term ‘organic’ can be used on any packaging or food products, without any official regulation. Where as foods with the ‘Australian Certified Organic’ logo are required to abide by a number of standards. Organic certification takes a holistic approach to the growing and handling of ingredients used in food products. This may include an assessment of the whole system involved, including an analysis of the level of soil quality, sprays used and transportation of produce.
Making the switch to certified organic foods can have a number of benefits on your health, as well as the environment!
Here are a few benefits of making the switch:
- Eating locally grown, Australian produce helps to support local farmers.
- Making the switch to eating organic means you will be less likely to eat out, and more likely to cook from scratch. This can help bump up your intake of fresh produce, while reducing food miles when sourced from local suppliers.
- Reducing your exposure to herbicides and pesticides. Both of which can have negative effects on your health. Certified organic produce is not sprayed with any harmful chemicals, fertilisers or genetically modified organisms (GMO’s).
What to look for when choosing organic:
- The Australian Certified Organic (ACO) logo on packaging. Products with this logo are regulated by ACO and have approved organic farming practices.
- Seasonal produce. Organic foods are usually more affordable when they’re in season. Another idea is to source your veggies locally if you live in an area near an organic farm. Most certified organic produce in the supermarket/grocer is usually in season unless it has been imported.
- Bite Me Fine Foods range of certified organic Veggie Patties and Falafels. This is a great option for those who lead busy lifestyles, and is an easy way to ensure your meals are organic instead of eating ‘less healthy’ options when eating on the go.
Other tips for going organic:
- Opt for home cooked meals made from organic ingredients.
- Freeze your herbs so they last longer, as herbs can be costly.
- If you’re wanting to make the switch to organic and aren’t sure where to start, make the switch for foods that are highly sprayed (berries, spinach and broccoli) and slowly transition over to bananas, melons and produce with a thick skin.
Overall, by making the choice to eat more organic foods, you can reduce your exposure to pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and growth hormones.
If you’re looking for a quick, organic meal for those busy weeknights, try Bite Me Fine Foods range of vegan falafels and bites. They are all certified by the ACO regulations, and made from locally sourced Aussie produce. Visit the stockist page to find Bite Me products near you!
Article by Bec van den Elzen– Nutritionist BHSc (nut med)