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Buying organic veggies at the supermarket is a waste of money

Organic food and the environment

Organic food and the environment
Organic products are not necessarily better for the environment.

Many organic farmers, especially the large ones, don’t skip pesticides and fertilizers, they just use natural options, which are hardly risk-free.

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Buying organic veggies at the supermarket is a waste of money

Buying organic veggies at the supermarket is a waste of money

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Quality and price

A higher price doesn’t really mean higher quality.

The higher price does not just reflect the added cost of organic agriculture techniques. Also, people will pay more for the label, often without knowing what it means, because “Organic” has become a synonym for “luxury.”

Organic vs. conventional foods

Any additional nutritional benefits from organic foods, compared with conventional, are very small.

Ultimately, if you want more nutrients, eat more vegetables, organic or not.

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Food is most nutritious at the point of harvest. After that, fresh produce starts degrading.

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Refrigerating produce

Refrigeration slows down the process of nutrition degradation. The nutritional loss varies from product to product.

Spinach loses 100% of its vitamin C content in seven days at room temperature and 75% if refrigerated. Carrots lose 27% of their vitamin C content when stored at room temperature for a week.

However, when vegetables are frozen, including spinach, they lose significantly less vitamin C, because freezing pauses the process of oxidization.

Frozen foods nutrients

As soon as produce is harvested, it's a nutritional race against time.

Frozen produce has one problem: before it's frozen, it's blanched - heating food up for a few minutes at high temperatures to inactivate enzymes that degrade texture and color. Blanching also reduces nutrient content.

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A general guideline

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Some eat a low-carb diet high in animal foods, while others follow a high-carb diet with lots of plants.

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  • Sugar and high-fructose corn syrup.
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