Going Organic – Three Common Mistakes

There are countless good reasons to make the switch to organic food. Whether for health or ethical reasons, going organic is an incredibly rewarding experience for the whole family. Even with all of the positive aspects of switching to an organic diet, there are still common mistakes that people make when changing over from conventional foodstuffs.

Too Much, Too Soon

One of the most common mistakes that people going organic experience is transforming their entire diet too quickly. Going organic can be costly, especially with today’s economic troubles. It is far easier and less expensive to start slowly in terms of switching to organic foods than it is to make a complete, abrupt exchange.

Start the organic conversion by making a few food choices. Many families don’t want to or can’t afford to pay higher prices for organic foods, but a few small changes can make major impacts. One of the best places to start is with milk or dairy products. Switching to organic milk avoids the entire chemical system of modern agriculture and is one of the healthiest changes to make when going organic.

By choosing certain “priority products” and integrating an organic diet into the shopping routine gradually, consumers will learn how to prioritize and how to shop more with more consciousness as to what’s going into the cart.

Cleaning Habits

Some individuals, upon going organic, are prone to ignoring sanitation and cleanliness guidelines when dealing with food. While there are no chemicals or pesticides on certified organic produce, it is still important to wash lettuce and other produce correctly before cooking or serving.

There is also the possibility that, despite best efforts, some contaminants and chemicals wind up in certified organic food anyway. Whether through transport or inappropriate storage, some producers still have not eliminated the use of chemicals altogether and this impacts the purity of organic product and meats. Use proper cleaning, serving, and food safety habits at all times to ensure the quality of all organic food.

Misunderstanding Food Labels

Some people skip down the organic food aisle at the local grocery store and assume that everything in the aisle is organic. This is not the case. Always be sure to read food labels, even if the product features an “organic” label, to ensure that the ingredients match the criteria you’re looking for. In true organic food, the product must have 95% organic ingredients. While this may seem like an uphill climb, understanding food labels properly creates more attentive, intelligent shoppers.

Understand that a product may feature one or two organic ingredients but may not actually be a certified organic product. This is where judgment and assertion come into play, as the consumer can pick products, meats, and produce that meet his or her own quality standards as an organic shopper. Not every ingredient in food products needs to be organic, but a conscious effort to be more mindful will prove ultimately helpful in understanding the food eaten.

The Big Switch

By avoiding the aforementioned common errors, the path to going organic becomes easier. While these tough economic times make going organic difficult, it is a valuable decision that has lasting effects for health and wellbeing. In the end, going organic will cost families and consumers less and will help change the industry to move it away from destructive practices and environmentally-damaging production.

 

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