This article has been a long time coming. This has been a pet peeve of mine for a while. Somewhere along the way the organic/vegan/ hippy food culture was able to convince mainstream America that because something says “organic” or “vegan” that it is healthy. This could not be further from the truth. Calories are calories no matter where they come from. That is to say that things like carbohydrates, fats, sugars, and calories are what is really important when it comes to losing weight and having a healthy diet.
“There’s really very limited information in people on actual health outcomes with consumption of these products,” says David Klurfeld, PhD, chairman of the department of Nutrition and Food Science at Wayne State University in Detroit. “We don’t know enough to say that one is better than the other.” The true benefit of organic food comes from the way it is processed. Organic food supposedly does not exploit the planet and is more eco-friendly. If you choose to buy organic foods for any reason it should be for its environmental benefits and not in the hope that it will automatically help you lose weight or be healthier.
The most important thing in a diet is the content of the diet. According to the New York Times we get 7 percent of our calories from soft drinks, more than we do from vegetables; the top food group by caloric intake is “sweets”; and one-third of nation’s adults are now obese. So the question isn’t if your food is organic/vegan or whatever, the question should be “What is the nutritional content of my food?” Eating organic won’t help you lose weight but eating smart and healthy will.