CNM Natural Chef promotes natural and organic food as part of our holistic approach to health. But what is the difference between organic and non-organic food? Understandably, consumers are wary of spending more for a seemingly identical product. This ‘Organic September’ we’ve been looking at what you get and don’t get with organic food, how to consume more organics without breaking the bank, and why Natural Chef course teaching is pro-organic.
GP Dr Laura Quinton graduated in Nutritional Therapy at CNM:
“As a doctor with an interest in nutrition I often advise people to eat organic, which has benefits in terms of animal and environmental welfare. Organic avoids processes such as genetic modification, cloning, routine antibiotics and hormone drugs.
“No-one can conclusively prove whether an organic lifestyle is a healthier one. However, a recent study showed organic food contains up to 40 per cent more antioxidants which help to combat the free radicals implicated in many chronic diseases. Organic food certainly contains fewer pesticides, which can have an impact on foetal development, and a study commissioned by the European Parliament recommended pregnant and breastfeeding women eat organic food because of this.
“We can’t always wait for the absolute evidence to tell us what is right or wrong for us, we have to make our own choices.”
Tip: “If you’re aiming to switch to organic, start with the ‘Dirty Dozen’ fruit and veg (visit soilassociation.org), explore plant-based protein sources and creative ways of making your money go further.”