Even people with a “less healthy” lifestyle or at least not interested in organic eating will have noticed the increase in organic and healthy foods that exist today in most supermarkets. In the old time there were specialized establishments in this type of food. The reality is that today, organic and sustainable food is one more option in any of the supermarkets you go to. And not only in food but in a general lifestyle.

But does carrying out an organic diet ensure that we eat healthier foods? How can we know 100%? Does it compensate to spend more money buying an organic product?

What does the concept of “green food” mean?

According to the WEE,the word “ecological,ca” is a product made or obtained without using chemical compounds that harm the environment.

For a food to be considered “ecological” it must grow without pesticides, no synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, hormones… any substance that is not natural.

For example, organic foods of animal origin such as meat, eggs, dairy come from animals that are fed 100% organic foods.

If a food bears the “ecological” certificate it means that a previous inspector has inspected the facilities where those animals are and has ensured that they have followed standards to meet those criteria.

Did you know that organic foods can be “100% organic” or “green”?

100% organic foods are as the word indicates totally organic foods, which are manufactured or fed with organic ingredients and organic ones, are the ones that at least 95% of that food is organic.

What are sustainable foods?

It is another of the most fashionable concepts. Sustainable foods are local foods, sustainable agriculture and livestock. But it is important that sustainable, ecological or organic concepts are not confused. A product can be environmentally friendly but not sustainable. I mean, an eggplant can be eco-friendly because I don’t know it’s been given any additional compounds harmful to either the environment or the person consuming it, but not be sustainable because I know how to transported on a boat that comes from afar.

What is a natural food based on? 

Natural foods are foods that are minimally processed and taste is as similar as their original taste. These products contain neither preservatives nor artificial ingredients added.

A natural food can be an organic food but it does not mean that natural foods are organic foods. If you want a natural and organic food you should look for the organic food label. The same would happen with the concept of organic food.

What other expressions can be found in tags?

  • “Fair Trade Certification”is a certificate that ensures that producers who have sold the product have received a fair price for the product.
  • “Marine Stewardship Council” certificateis a certificate in which it ensures that the animals have been caught with a sustainable fishing system. For example, this certificate can be found in a packet of fish sticks.
  • “Free-range eggs or campers”means that birds are not locked in cages, but it also does not guarantee that they can go outdoors, or that they can go outside freely.
  • “Grass-fed” or “open grass”, the concept fed with grass means that the animals have been fed with natural grass from the outside but have sometimes been able to feed inside, that is, it does not mean that they have always fed to open grass because the latter concept if that means that they have always fed on open pastures and always roam at their leisure.

In short, are organic foods healthier?

Just because a food is organic does not mean that it is a more nutritious food than foods produced using conventional methods. But if it is true, it should be noted that they are foods that do not contain pesticides, nor additional substances.

We eat organic, sustainable, eco-friendly or normal foods we must ensure that we thoroughly wash all the products we will consume, peel the skin in case it remains dirty or stained and we must handle and cook the food in an appropriate way.

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