Is Organic Food Better? Mind Over Munch Kickstart 2016


Ay, Ay, Ay! I have been avoiding doing this video
for a very long time. I just don’t like those controversial videos. I like love
and friendship and happiness. But it’s time for a bit of an educational rant
because I just cannot take it anymore and it’s a range from people who think
organic rice krispie treats are better to thinking that you have to eat 100%
organic to be healthy. Healthy is relative term and organic might not fit
into everyone’s life style and that’s ok. So let’s talk about a few myths. Now I
could literally give you an essay on each of these but I want to make it a
digestible video so please if I miss a note that you think is important feel free to tactfully share it in the
comments below. So first up is organic food is pesticide free. If food is labeled
100% organic that means if it is meat, eggs, or dairy it is free of antibiotics
and growth hormones. If it is prouduce it’s grown with fertilizers and free of
synthetic components and is non GMO. But that doesn’t mean that zero
pesticides or herbicides are used or that farms crops aren’t exposed to
pesticides even if its inadvertently. If food is labeled with the USDA organic
label then 95% of the ingredients must be organic, not 100%, 95. So that other 5%
could be sprayed with pesticides and even the 95% could be sprayed with pest
controls or chemicals that the USDA “approves of” to be safe for humans even if they
aren’t safe for animals or bugs or weeds. If the label is “made with organic
ingredients” it only requires 70% of the content to be organic. So
a bag of corn chips could be made with organic corn but non organic oil. So about 25% of a chip is
oil and that means it’s still meets the standard to say “made with organic
ingredients”. So you really do need to understand the different labels if
you’re concerned with things being organic. But do you need to be concerned?
Now this video is not here to tell you to not eat organic food or to eat
organic food is just a debunk some of the myths flying around and
discuss what’s really going on. Organic food is expensive so if you
choose to buy organic food make sure that it’s worth your wild. If organic food
costed the same as conventionally grown food sure, buy it organic! It isn’t gonna hurt you but do you need it to be digging so deep in your wallet? Maybe not. A few other myths: organic food
is more nutritious. So actually there isn’t really much evidence showing that
consuming organic food will lead to improved health or lower risk of disease. The occasional study here or there show
that organic tomatoes have more vitamin C or something like that but overall
nutrients aren’t particularly different and the qualities that are different don’t factor much into the nutritional
quality. The truth is that the loss of nutrients is much more dependent on how
long the produce is sitting out on the shelf. Which for organic food can be a long time because a lot of organic food is transported for long distances. Remember organic does not mean
local and local does not mean organic. Another myth: organic food is better for
the environment. So yes obviously keeping farmland free of pesticides is great
but organic farming isn’t as productive as conventional farming. It requires way more land to produce the same amount of food and
many organic farms still do use some pesticides if they can keep it under that 95%
seal. Another one: organic food tastes better. So most studies actually
say no. Most people can’t tell the difference. I personally do notice a bit
of a difference with a few things. So berries, strawberries, spinach, tomatoes,
those are things I can tell a difference with but in all fairness it happened over
time. When I was eating a diet that was mostly made of processed food I couldn’t tell
the difference. Now that I eat a primarily whole foods diet with a lot of fruits
and vegetables my palate has adjusted a bit and there are some organic pieces of
produce that I can tell a difference with but it depends on what it is and
where you get it. That being said remember that not all organic farms are
the tiny local farms run by the wonderful people that you encounter at your
farmers market. There are many there are huge and the conditions aren’t really much
better than the conventional farms. When I’m at the store I personally try to go
for local before I go for organic even if the local food isn’t certified
organic it often is still grown with organic conditions but the local places
can’t afford the certification. It’s best to ask where the produce is coming from
like we talked about in my farmers market video. I also try to go by “the
clean 15” and “the dirty dozen” which are lists that tell you which produce have the
most or least pesticides. I will buy the dirty dozen foods more often organic or local
then I will the clean 15 and I will link both of those lists in the
description box below. Now onto the real fun, processed organic foods. So organic Oreos, organic rice
krispie treats, organic Cheetos, organic cereal, organic gummies… It’s ALL CRAP! I hate to break it to you but organic doesn’t mean healthy or even less processed. An organic chip is just
as processed as a non-organic chip. It has just as many calories and fat as the
non-organic chip but it costs three times more. Nutritionally it is not doing
anything for your body. Processed foods are not fuel. Whether they are organic or
not. So what am I trying to say? Don’t waste your money on organic processed
snack foods and if you’re thinking duhhhh hear me out because studies show that
most people do think that organic cookies and snacks are healthier and
less calories and fat. That’s not how it works. Organic doesn’t mean anything when it
comes to processed foods. If you’re someone who buys organic processed foods my advice to
you stop worrying so much about organic start trying to wean off of the processed
snacks. If you wanna buy organic produce if it makes you feel better go for it but
don’t convince yourself that the processed organic snacks are any better for you.
Remember they are not food as fuel choices. If you really want to make
efforts to be healthier consider trying to get more whole foods into your daily
diet. So I will conclude my rant there. Again this is not an anti-organic video, it is
simply an it is how it is video. We are redefining health here and I think it’s
important that we get rid of the stigma that you can’t be healthy if you’re not
organic. It would be safer and easier frankly for me to come on this channel
and tell you to eat organic even if I didn’t believe it because I’d get less
hate, but the truth is it’s important for me to tell you that I don’t eat all
organic food and that you don’t need to feel discouraged about your journey if you
can’t buy organic food because that’s ok. You’re still doing a great job and your
body appreciates your hard work and I appreciate you and I love you. I hope you guys
have a great wonderful fantastic day and rest of your week and I will see you tomorrow
for a very special collaboration video so be sure to come back you don’t want to miss it. And remember it’s
all a matter of Mind Over Munch.

100 thoughts on “Is Organic Food Better? Mind Over Munch Kickstart 2016

  1. I love this! I took a few sustainability courses in college and learned what organic means and the limitations by the label. For me I absolutely prefer local produce, it's fresher and has a much smaller carbon footprint.

  2. Thumbs UP!! Amen, you just totally confirmed what I have been thinking to myself about organic foods. I do buy organic produce only if it is the same price or cheaper than the conventional produce. So far I have only noticed a difference in celery and apples, will have to try organic berries once they are back in season. I feel like most people are peer/media pressured into buying "organic". Love the idea of food for fuel! Its really all about preventing disease and how the foods you eat make you feel. I am glad you made this video,  I won't feel pressured to get the "organic" stuff anymore but instead will focus on clean eating on a budget like my brain has been telling me to do in the first place. My fav part of this video 4:37 "Its all CRAP!!" I find myself saying this all the time going down the cereal and snack isles which helps me gets through most cravings and stops me from grabbing any box of cookies(organic or not) I can get my hands, lol. Keep up the awesome videos!

  3. You're so helpful and do a great job of explaining this kind of stuff to us common folk lol. Looking forward to u making a video about the gluten free craze 🙂

  4. I've always found the topic of GMO food to very frustrating. As someone who studies biology at university level I do have a fair understanding of what GMO crops are and most crops we have are GMO and it's only for the progression of our race and it essentially gives our crops more chances to survive the year, produce more food etc. Why do people think it's so bad

  5. This was wonderful Girl! thank you very informative and it really makes sense. I hate Myths. I must admit that I do taste the difference with organic oats and raw honey thats for sure.

  6. Thank you for providing such great information.  I get tired of those that say this is how you should do eat exactly how I eat. It is nice to know that it is different for everyone.

  7. Friend:"I bought healthy oreos!" *shows me gluten free Oreos"
    Me:"Those… are not especially healthy… just gluten free"
    Friend:"Oh… Wait… What is gluten?".

    It took me 17 minutes to explain this to her lol

  8. 4:30– 4:38 Dropping truth bombs while being cheeky. Connecting to the lil' inner sass goddess in us all. Exactly the aura that exudes from oneself when at the supermarket

  9. what about gmos? and u made a healthier poptart at one point should we allow regular ones every once in a while or does that not matter so much? thanks, love the tips!

  10. I was very disappointed when I've learned that organic farming uses pesticides that are harmful for the environment – as long as they are "non-synthetic", they can use it. Like that organic farms spray liberally with neem oil, that is toxic to bumblebees :(. And because neem oil is a pretty inefficient pesticide, they spray A LOT.

  11. i can also tell the difference with all those fruits and vegetables you mentioned and i can also tell a difference between one country's organic produce and another country's organic produce because of climate change 😉

  12. Thanks for the video, it was very interesting, useful. I order organic veggies, as I thought they may be better for you, I wasn't convinced, but since they're not at all expensive (the ones I buy) I don't mind. I will keep doing this though as I'm supporting local farmers as opposed to chains which is important for me.
    thanks for sharing! 🙂

  13. Finally someone talks about it!
    I'll put an example: my grandpa plan a peaches tree. This is the second year it has given peaches and anyone has eaten them! There is a fly that put her eggs on the peaches and every single one is full of worms. None could eat those peaches without pesticides! I don't know what kind of pesticide he will use next year (organic approved or not) but it is necessary. Imagine that in bigger scale! You loose all the plantation! And if some peaches are save they will be crazy expensive.

  14. No hate here! Just love from a fellow health nut. Thank you so much for putting together a well informed video. I can't tell you how much I love your channel!!

  15. Thanks for presenting the facts the way you did. Pretty straightforward.
    Another part of the argument in the organic foods debate is the price difference in organic foods and non-organic. Food is obviously priced differently everywhere, but the reality is that in most cases, the price of any product's organic counterpart can be the deciding factor when grocery shopping, especially for singles, college students, and people on tight budgets. The biggest questions I always seem to hear are "in which cases is it worth the extra money?" and "how much shorter of a shelf life does the organic product have over the regular?".

  16. I'm not one of those people who believes that organic automatically equals healthy, but I definitely didn't put 2 and 2 together about local and organic produce… I also didn't know what organic farmers could still use pesticides! That's disappointing… but it makes sense. You have to keep the bugs away somehow. I could try to buy locally, but the closest farm is fifty miles away. It's more convenient for me to buy organic. I tend to stick to buying things in which I'm going to consume the peel/outer layer, not necessarily by the dirty dozen, or clean fifteen. I never buy potatoes organic for instance. Also is it necessary to get rid of processed foods completely? Even when I'm eating a plant-based diet, I still crave a bag of chips from time to time. (Non organic haha.) Great video! Very thought-provoking.

  17. The only foods I try to eat organic is my fruits, vegetables & meats… I love farmers markets for that!! This is a very informative video. Ya'll did a great job!

  18. I like us videos a lot, I would like to see more informative videos like that, like what is the difference between sweet potato and regular, or regular white sugar and brown sugar

  19. Great video! I'm like you, I buy organic produce because I can taste a difference in some of it, mostly berries, pineapples and bananas. I don't mind paying a little extra, if it taste a lot better, that just means I'm gonna eat it, and enjoy it a lot more. I also buy organic dairy and eggs, but that is for animal concerns, and a whole other subject.

  20. Local over organic is better, I agree. However, there are a lot more studies than she claims related to nutritional deficiencies in non-organic vs organic crops. Also, it's important to note that organic processed foods don't have GMOs and their ingredients will have far less pesticides. "Organic farming isn't as productive" is a load of crap. Their soil is so much better at producing huge amounts of produce. There are reports all over the internet about it. This is the same lie that Monsanto wants us to believe so we will support their GMOs. Buyer beware.

  21. Brilliant, much needed video that was to the point. Thanks so much for this information. I think your amazing. Much love from over here in the UK x

  22. just found you. watched all the videos..love em. of  course I ate an 11oz bag of M&M's while watching…so Monday I start the no sugar challenge. i'm excited. side question…do you provide bail money if I go off on someone…lol jk

  23. I can't understad why this video has such a little views, I think it is really important for people to know this information! I'm so glad you made this, good job!

  24. I definitely agree with the fact that people mistake organic and healthy!! However, meats/eggs I will only buy/eat organic or pasture raised (for eggs- you can realllllyyyy tell a difference with the nutrition in the yolk, simply by looking at the color difference!) To me conditions of the animals/what they eat are soooo important to me!
    If I do buy packaged food (healthy packaged foods** I try to stay non-GMO!) Also, I try to follow the dirty dozen as close to possible (as you mentioned!) The only exception to my list is bananas, yes I will buy non-organic bananas, but the organic bananas from whole foods (for some reason,) are the MOST delicious bananas ever ahah!!
    Love your videos! <3

  25. I live in Northern Spain and I've always lived around food. When I was little, I would help my family in the vegetable garden and see them prepare stuff. I often check labels, but I'm not too obsessed with it. Also, Ilove having a fruit+veg store two steps away from my house, especially because everything they have is from my region and their prices are just unbeatable. Sometimes supermarkets have very good offers too. For example, I just got 2 kg of ripe bananas from the Canary Islands for A EURO. Perfect for that banana icecream haha
    EU and US regulations must differ quite a bit, but I'm definitely out of touch with that hahaha

  26. A local study at my local university, universtity of newcastle if you would like to know 🙂 they showed that organic fruit and veg has more nutrients, I found this in a booklet from neals yard organics, they might have a PDF on their website :3

  27. You video are all so informative and the information makes sense. I'd be interested in knowing your background. Are self taught about nutrition or are you a nutritionist?

  28. I appreciate the intention behind this video, which is to help people not feel guilty if they are doing the best they can for their health and think they can't afford to eat 100% organic. However, I wish there was more emphasis on the concept that we are all on a journey and that we would be helping our health by making small baby steps toward eating an ideal diet of organic, seasonal, local food. Stating that organic food is not more healthy or nutritious is problematic. In the studies that are done where organic is compared to conventional growing practices, the organic growing process is using the bare minimum requirements to be called organic. On the other hand, I would argue that buying local produce from a source where the soil is really nurtured to maximum soil fertility IS more nutritious AND more tasty. Why do you think a garden tomato tastes so much better than any tomato you'd buy in a store? There is something called a brix level which measures the minerals in the fruit/vegetables. A vegetable cannot be high in minerals if there are not plentiful minerals in the soil. Most conventional farming practices, such as tilling and pesticide use, do harm to the fertility of the soil and unhealthy soil leads to less nutritious produce. My suggestion to people is, yes, we should be kind to ourselves and give ourselves credit for all the wonderful things we do for ourhealth now. However, we would be wise to be open to exploring and improving our food choices even further. I belong to a wonderful biodynamic CSA that truely cares for the things I mentioned in this post and lovingly cares for the soil. The cost of the CSA comes to about $30 per week spread out over an 11 month period. I pay for everything up front but they have more flexible payment options. Another option is growing some of your own veggies! There are community gardens springing up in many places or you can grow things in containers. I grew many veggies on my deck in self-watering containers, some of which I made myself very cheaply. I did not use any pesticides. I found the container gardening to be very fulfilling and a form of stress relief! There are tons of youtube videos on making self-watering containers so that you don't have to do so much work in watering so much. There are so many creative ways to eat an ideal diet. You need to be open to it, and look for opportunities, and be patient with yourself for where you are in your journey.

  29. Just to add to my comment below, and in response to some of the comments about organic being more expensive, the Wegmans near me only sells organic carrots because they have found that they are just as cost effective as the conventional carrots.

  30. I have enjoyed the vast majority of your channel, I think you're great. I used your channel to try to help a coworker w/health issues to try to get healthier w/the No Sugar Challenge. However, I was disappointed in you with this "Organic" video and even some of your comments that followed. I detected a lot of judgment, which I'm sure wasn't your intent. I hope you're more careful with future "controversial" topics. If this had been the first video of yours I'd seen I may not have tuned back in.

  31. The only reason I often buy organic processed foods is because they are, more often than not in my experience, vegan. Whereas the non-organic is often not vegan. And, well, since I'm vegan that's important to me, lol.

  32. Read this when it was published, and still recommend it:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/business/organic-food-purists-worry-about-big-companies-influence.html?_r=0

  33. Interesting! I read that fruit and veg are/can be frozen for up to Two Years! before reaching the supermarket shelves. I wonder if this includes organic also. The only reason I'm curious is sometimes tomatoes from a supermarket literally taste of nothing, just water. But! they seem to taste better when bought on the vine….But again, if you buy from a local market they taste sooo… Tomatoey!… that's not a word but I'm using it. Anyway would be good to find out if organic are frozen also.

  34. hi there Alyssia , I would like to know where to buy chicken and fish and does organic matter in that case, i am really scared because i will be cooking those for my kids so i want to get it from somewhere which is not imported from china, i dont know if you heard the news they will get chicken packed in china , ridiculous stuff but dont know if it started happening yet. let me know your thoughts please.
    thanks

  35. What about pestizides etc. in processed food? The processing often doesn't remove them. So in my opinion organic processed food is still healthier(in the sense of toxins involved, not calories etc.).
    But maybe this is just my sickness-induced lower detoxication speaking.

  36. Is instant oats considered as processed food? (I assume it is since it says instant?) The reason I'm asking is because I recently purchased organic oats which is less pricey than the non-organic one 😛 (And I was excited for it LOL)

  37. Organic is labeled. GMO isnt. It's simple, GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS is that. It's been modified genetically to resist certain pesticides so the plant doesn't die, but the bugs do. Organic is simply that. The natural organic way to grow food. The food that started since before we got here. The food God has intended for us to eat. The system is all deceiving you to think there is no difference one is simply more expensive, so you can only buy the GMO filled shit. That in the long run is horrible for your body and causes cancer. Honestly just eat fruits and veggies raw. It's all meant to go in our bodies.

  38. Organic or not, I wash and soak my fruits and vegetables with activated charcoal to remove SOME of the parasites and pesticides on/in them 🙂

  39. For the record, 80% of the land that is use for agriculture produce 20% of the food, that is industrial production so actually is less productive and over explodes natural resources like water and hydrocarbons.

  40. Absolutely agree with you! I always knew that organic processed foods are still way bad for us, but we are programmed to see Organic and say Yeah! Healthy! It fools us, and we let it, but no more haha. It's all crap. I love it. I'm making a grocery list right now and am running to your videos to watch for some inspiration because I want to buy that pint of ice cream so bad or that bag of cookies, and I love how down to earth you are and realistic about your diet.

  41. Can you do a video on GMOs? I feel that there is a large stigma around GMOS in the same manner than eating non-organic has a stigma.

  42. There are many vegans that think a diet of mostly vegan junkfood is healthier than a diet that is mostly plant-based whole food with some animal products. These people are delusional.

  43. I loved this video. It is pretty good and a lot of good information. However i disagree a little bit. Organic farming can be as productive and profitable as non-organic farming. There are many studies that showed it. And i totally can tell when a tomato is organic just as you said it. Blessings!

  44. I think you should buy organic because what's more important your phone or your health people. Spend your money wisely, if you can't afford it get a link card! There are many things you can do to afford organic.

  45. From what I've read, organic produce can contain more antioxidants due to the fact that they are forced to produce their own natural pesticides (which are antioxidants to us) because there are no chemical pesticides being sprayed on them. Also, they may contain a little more micro nutrients due to the fact that the soil is being nourished in organic farming and not in conventional farming. Fruits and vegetables get their nutrients from the soil, so if the soil is not being nourished properly, the plant will not be nourished, and then we won't be nourished as well!

  46. Nice video informs about organic food is much healthier. You may also like the website (Harvestorder) where you buy fresh organic fruits and veggies for you.

  47. I had organic carrots that tasted bad and I've had wild blueberries and raspberries from out in the wilds and they tasted far better than the organic ones. Wild food like plants etc are much better than organic food. Wild food is free too.

  48. Most organic is treated with copper sulfate…organic but deadly..destroys water supply ..kills the bees…..total scam..don't buy organic….

  49. Organic will eventually destroy your health because they use very dangerous pesticides…..copper sulfate is probably the deadliest…..arsenic based pesticides are used as well……never buy organic…..plant your own garden instead. Organic is a scam

  50. Snacks that are organic usually have a different ingredients list than their conventional alternatives. For example, the "Oreo's" alternatives have a handful of ingredients compared to all the synthetic additives in regular Oreo's. People value that.

    And funny enough, at this point in time, many organic snacks are actually cheaper or at least the same price as conventional products as they reach high production volume and create competition and demand.

    That being said, I would advise against sugary snacks, but one is significantly better than the other.

  51. You're missing the biggest points of consuming organic foods. I think this is where you went wrong. Well informed consumers don't expect more nutrients or health out of each thing they consume, they just expect for harmful chemicals, including harmful pesticides and sludge NOT to be in their food. This includes the #1 pesiticide used in foods sold in the United States (organophosphates) that was actually developed during World War II to be a neurotoxin against allied enemies of the Nazis. Not always, but most often, the synthetic form of vitamins are also exlcuded from the ingredients list. Also, the most dangerous alternative sweeteners contributing to diabetes in the US are found in about 75% of the ingredients of everything you buy at the grocery store, i.e. dextrose, maltodextrin, high fructose corn syrup, etc. Organic has NOTHING to do with what extra ingredients is IN your food, it has more to do with what is NOT in your food!! Just like what is NOT present in your drinking water. A friend of mine works with a water filteration company that did a test that proves that all the chorine in tap water used to boil vegetables ends up with NO chlorine left in the water and ALL of it ends up absorbed inside of the vegetables/pasta you eat after having them in this water. Plants naturally absorb their nutrients from the available soil. Do you think they won't absorb chemicals from the surrounding soil as well?
    Choose natural ingredients for natural development… just as muscles are consumed for muscle development (protein).

  52. My only concern was avoiding the consumption of pesticides.. but this was a very thought provoking video!

  53. I can tell a difference between organic and conventional animals products especially. It's become more noticeable the longer we eat organic. I make a pot roast two to three days a month. A few months back I looked at 4 stores and couldn't find an organic roast so I just bought the best quality conventional one I could get. About 30mins after my husband and I ate it our stomachs began to hurt and both had diarrhea through the night and following morning. It's crazy how your body changes after it adjusts to healthier habits.

  54. Interesting and informative video! Don't know if it is just my mind playing tricks on me or if this is true. However, a few weeks ago, I needed celery for something I wanted to make. The prices were exorbitant, but being me, I needed the celery so, I bit the bullet and decided to pay the price. Organic celery was the exact same price as the regular celery (admittedly, I didn't check for certification or some of the other things you mentioned in this video) so, I opted to buy the organic. I was quite amazed that the organic celery seemed to last a bit longer than has been my experience with regular celery in the past and I didn't store it any differently. Am I nuts?

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