Healthy eating is a major concern for most people, as the health risks associated with an unhealthy lifestyle and poor diet have been well publicized.
Food manufacturers, nutritionists, the media and many other sources have jumped on the bandwagon, inundating consumers with advice and products that claim to come with a whole range of health benefits. The vast array of healthy foods available and the constant stream of conflicting advice from various media sources has left many people confused about what to eat.
Scores of studies have been undertaken to look at the nutritional differences between organic and non-organic food. No conclusive proof has been found to show that organic produce contains consistently higher levels of nutrients than the non-organic alternatives.
Many studies have also shown that organic fruit and vegetables often contain traces of pesticides, albeit in smaller amounts than non-organic products, suggesting that it’s virtually impossible to avoid these widespread chemicals. Consequently, organic food has no extra proven nutritional benefits over its non-organic counterparts.
Fresh is Not Always Best
Health magazines, newspapers and nutritionists often extol the virtues of buying fresh food, particularly fruit and vegetables, but studies have shown that fresh is not always best.
In fact, many so-called fresh foods have been sitting on shelves or traveling across the world for so long that their vitamin and nutrient content has diminished drastically.
Frozen fruit and vegetables are often shown to contain much higher levels of vitamins and minerals than fresh alternatives. High-quality frozen fruit and vegetables are often frozen within a few hours of picking, ensuring a high retention rate of essential nutrients.
Expensive Products are Not Necessarily Healthier than Cheaper Versions
People often pay extra for food products because they believe the extra cost guarantees a healthier or more nutritious product. However, the price tag is often a poor indicator of the quality or nutrient content of food and drink items.
One study compared to fruit, vegetables, grains and other foods in a range of supermarkets to see if there was any difference in the nutritional content of the budget brands and the more expensive, attractively packaged products. The study found that, overall, there was little nutritional difference between the two options.
Magazines, newspapers and other media sources often promote expensive products that claim to contain high levels of vitamins and minerals, but healthy eating does not need to cost a lot of money.
In fact, most grocery stores now sell a wide range of low-cost healthy food staples, such as fruit, vegetables, and grains. While the expensive varieties may look more attractive, they often contain similar nutrient levels to cheaper versions.
In addition, frozen fruit and vegetables are excellent for helping to reduce costs, while also providing high vitamin content.
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