Diet Inquiries

By Surbhi, Kaushik, and Victoria, period 1

1. Are organic foods healthier than normally grown foods?

Growth of organic foods

  • Organic foods must be grown in "safe soil"
  • No synthetic pesticides or GMOs are to be used in the production of organic foods
  • They must be refrained from conventional products
  • Organic livestocks must not be exposed to antibiotics, growth hormones, and other animal-by products

Benefits of organic foods

  • Organic foods contain fewer pesticides and are tastier
  • Organic farming can help reduce pollution, conserve water, and has other environmental benefits
  • No antibiotics - very beneficial for human health - reduces potential exposure to threats like the mad cow disease(BSE)
  • No GMOs

Organic vs. normally grown foods

  • Conventually grown foods are grown with chemical or synthetic fetus liters unlike organic foods which are grown with natural fertilizers(compost, manure etc)
  • Insecticides are used in normally grown foods to manage pests and disease while in organic foods, insects are controlled using natural methods

Organic vs. conventional meat and dairy

  • Livestock are exposed to hormones and antibiotics in congenitally grown foods in order to prevent disease but in turn decrease resistance to antibiotics in human body when eaten
  • Livestock may or may not be produced outside and don't have freedom
  • Opposite for organic foods

Digestion of organic foods

  • Maintaining a diet on organic foods and refraining from eating GMO produced foods and conventuals foods can help reduce "leaky gut syndrome, digestive disorders, chronic inflammation, or even general malaise".
  • Gut diseases and at ionic disease are bolstered by the consumption of GM foods
  • "Our small intestine, which is responsible for about 70% of our immune system, behaves like a selective sieve: it lets only nutrients and well-digested fats, proteins, and starches enter the bloodstream and keeps out large molecules, microbes, and toxins." - Dr. David Hartz
  • Take action - Today, the growth of GMOs foods are affecting many people's lives and causing problems in their digestive system. Furthermore, GE crops will eventually encroach on non-GE crops, contaminating them, including organic crops and foods.
  • To prevent this, and other diseases like the leaky gut disease, we must ensure the consumption of organic foods is always available in our country.
The Organic Effect

2. How does fiber work in the digestive system?

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properties of fiber

  • Dietary fiber is the edible component of plant foods that can’t be digested by humans

  • It aids in the improvement of the digestive system

  • It is not a nutrient

  • Fiber affects the rate of digestion of foods, the absorption of nutrients, and the movement of waste products through the colon.

TYpes of fiber

  • Dietary Fiber includes insoluble fiber and soluble fiber which have different functions.

  • Insoluble fiber attracts water to the intestine which softens the waste products and makes them larger in bulk

  • Foods that contain fiber go through this digestive process, but the actual fiber molecules remain intact

  • Soluble fiber reduces overall calorie intake

  • It also binds to bile acids in the intestines and promotes their excretion

  • Soluble fiber consumption helps regulate blood cholesterol levels and lower your risk for heart disease

  • Insoluble fiber helps prevent constipation that can lead to hemorrhoids and diverticulitis.

function of fiber

  • Fiber prevents constipation by keeping the wastes in your intestine moving

  • Prebiotics are found in fiber-rich foods, like fruits and vegetables, although not all fiber has prebiotics.

  • Diverticulitis and other dietary and gut illnesses can be prevented and fibers also help reduce levels of cancer by regulating cholesterol

Nutrition - Importance of Fiber