Monday, March 18, 2013

What Are The Disadvantages to Eating Organic Foods?

Are you interested in making the switch to organic foods?  You likely already know the many benefits to eating organic foods, as these benefits are often prominently displayed and advertised.  With that being said, we rarely hear about the disadvantages to eating organic foods. 

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Organic tomatoes at a farmer's market. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of the few disadvantages to eating organic foods is the cost.  Do you know how much most organic foods costs?  If not, you may want to examine those costs before you make the decision to switch to organic foods.  After a closer look, you will see that organic foods often do cost a little bit more money, but if eating organic foods improves your health, it actually may pay for itself over time with fewer visits to the doctor.

Although the cost of organic food may turn you and other hopeful eaters away, it is also important to know that there are many ways in which you can go about saving money.  For example, you can search for organic food sales at your local natural food stores or supermarkets.  Stock up when you see those sales or choose to shop at a store that is known for their everyday low prices on organic foods.  Organic food coupons can also be used. These coupons can be found online, with a standard internet search, in many stores, as well as in weekend newspapers.

In addition to costs, another disadvantage to eating organically is the limited selection of organic products available in some areas. Luckily, not everyone is faced with this organic food eating disadvantage.  Often  those who live in small cities and towns find it the hardest to buy organic foods.  With that being said, it doesn’t matter whether you live in a small town or a huge city, there are still a number of different ways that you can go about buying organic foods.

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Sign at the Sonoma Farmer's Market, Sonoma, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In my opinion the absolute best way to buy organic foods is by going directly to the source - organic farmers.  You can usually find organic farmers in just about any size town, if you know where to look, and is the best possible way to get your organic fruits and vegetables, as well as, in some areas, even meats and dairy. Visit your local farmer's market and start getting connected.

You can also search for specialty organic food stores by using online business directories, your local phone book, or by asking those that you know for recommendations.  The internet can also be used to shop online for organic foods - just be aware of shipping costs.

Although there are a few disadvantages to eating organic foods, it is also important to remember the benefits or advantages to doing so as well.  For starters, organic foods are all natural and safe to eat.  You won't have to worry about potentially harmful chemicals, additives, and pesticides.  Organic foods also benefit the overall environment and the economy.

But there is one disadvantage we haven't discussed yet, and that is the tendency of organic foods not to keep as long, since they don't contain artificial preservatives, and typically aren't as highly processed. For some ways to keep your organic food fresh during storage, be sure to check back for Wednesday's post.
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