You may hear a lot of people say that they only eat organic. But, what does that actually mean these days? There are so many food labels to choose from, so much research to keep up with, and so little time to do it! We want to make sure we're not only eating the healthiest foods for us, but the purest ones, as well as the most ethical ones. But when there's organic food, 100 percent USDA certified organic food, cage-free, Fair Trade, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free and local, it's hard to know where to start!
But are we just after the name? Being "organic" in today's society seems to be a slippery slope that often leads to more questions than answers. We spend more money purchasing organic, yet we tend to be tricked into thinking it is the healthiest option for us. However, it's been found that there are higher rates of E. coli in organic food, the amount of pesticides in them is not regulated by the federal government, and natural pesticides can still be toxic to humans, and many organic brands are owned by large corporations. It all seems sort of ... fishy.
And then there's the problem of liking it just for its label. A recent article that was published in the journal Appetite discovered that people found food tastier if they were made to believe it was ethically sourced, even if those labels weren't real. The research concluded that if we believe in something, it tastes better.
So are we being tricked into spending more money to taste "organic"? Perhaps what we need to do is carve out the time to read up on what's right, and stop the cycle of trickery in its tracks.
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