Yes, we are a healthy family and fitness focused blog, but no, we don’t always shop organic. Why not? Well to put it simply, we live on a budget and organic food doesn’t always fit within our price range. Recently, however, we came into a few Whole Foods gift cards (it was part of an incentive for switching wireless providers) and we decided our family should give the whole organic thing a try.
We are excited to share the results of our organic eating experiment with you and to let you know whether or not we’ve been convinced to switch our family’s eating habits!
First off, what exactly is organic food?
Plain and simple: organic food is grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, GMO’s, as well as, no antibiotics or growth hormones in any meat. It is basically pure food, grown the way nature intended–without science.
Organic food has always somewhat appealed to me. I love knowing what goes into every meal we make and so the purest and more chemical free the ingredient the better. It just gives me peace of mind. But, does that mean it’s better for me and our family? I wasn’t 100% convinced.
The facts on organic.
Honestly, all we know at this time is that it just contains less chemicals. It is unclear what impact that actually has on the food’s nutritional value. No evidence currently supports the claim that organic food is safer or healthier than conventionally grown food (source 1, 2).
So what did we notice and will we continue buying all organic?
What was the biggest difference? Well. You probably could’ve guessed it, organic food is expensive! Spending over a dollar for ONE white onion is a little ridiculous to me. It is crazy how quickly the money racked up and how little we were able to actually purchase. Now, it’s not all organic food’s fault. It could partially be due to the store. There are other places where you can get organic for a decent price. For example, Costco does have some good options.
The one organic product that we did fall in love with was Whole Food’s fruit leather. We [baby Farrah] loved their 365 brand. I loved that they dissolve pretty easily in her little two-toothed mouth presenting little to no choking hazard.
But honestly, after eating all organic for one week, our family did not notice any significant difference in health. We did not feel any different and we did not magically shed pounds or experience any detoxification side effects.
So will we continue buying organic? Yes and no. We have not been convinced that it is worth breaking the bank for so we will if it works within our budget. If the item is roughly the same price as the non-organic version then we will definitely go organic for the peace of mind aspect alone.
In the meantime, we will continue doing what we’ve been doing. We will focus on eating healthy, getting in lots of veggies and limiting our fat & sugar intake.