When you’re at the grocery store, you’ll probably see designated sections for products that are “natural” or “organic.” Organic items are becoming increasingly popular as regenerative medicine professionals and other scientists study their effects on health and the environment. Organic food, in particular, can have a host of benefits for your health, according to regenerative medicine specialists. But how do you know if what you’re buying is really organic? Here is a guide to help you verify an organic product.
Ways to Detect An Organic Food Product
Understanding PLU Stickers
Many shops have designated organic food and products sections, particularly in the produce aisle. With fruits and vegetables, you’ll find a Price Look Up (PLU) sticker. If the label contains five digits, beginning with 9, it’s organic. Non-organic produce has a four-digit code, starting with the number 8 which indicates that the food is genetically modified.
Understanding Types of Organic
Some items are labeled “certified organic” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These items contain 95% or more organic ingredients and are typically labeled with an official green and white USDA organic seal. However, the seal is voluntary, and not all manufacturers choose to bear it, even if the product meets the standards. Look out for imposters as well, labels which look similar to the USDA official seal with slight variations. Keep in mind items don’t have to be 95% or more organic to be beneficial. Some items, containing 70% or more organic ingredients, can display a label saying, “made with organic ingredients.”
Why Eat an Organic Diet Is Beneficial
Organic products typically include more omega-3 fatty acids and flavonoids than their non-organic counterparts. Also, they are free of or contain fewer pesticides, preservatives, and chemicals. Although there is little conclusive research to indicate the long-term effects of exposure to pesticides and similar compounds in the body, you won’t have to worry about potential adverse effects when you eat a primarily organic diet. Regenerative medicine professionals say that organic foods are better for the environment, as the use of chemicals and pesticides in industrial farms can pollute the air and waterways, among other damage.
If you’re interested in learning more about organic foods and how to improve your health with natural nutrition, consult with the professionals at Integrative Medicine of New York, PLLC. Based in Westbury, NY, this team of compassionate and experienced doctors specializes in oncology, immunology, and regenerative medicine, with a focus on education and prevention. Call (516) 759-4200 to make an appointment or visit the website to learn more about the practice.