Does Organic = Fat Loss and does it make much difference?
I feel that a lot of people have fallen into the mindset of thinking that eating organic foods will cause them to lose weight.
Just because you start eating healthy or eat organic only foods, will not cause you to strip the fat off. The only way to do that is if you are in a calorie deficit.
Like I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, you can lose weight regardless of what you eat just as long as you stay in your calorie range.
(Might not feel the best if you only eat junk though.)
Just like you can eat healthy/organic and still gain weight.
Now, more in depth about organic labeled foods.
I dug into some research today.
Every person has a different definition for organic in their head.
Did you know that here is actually very little scientific evidence supporting any health benefits of “organic” products.
In fact, there is developing proof that an eating regimen rich in organic products isn’t actually better for you.
“Some believe that organic food is always healthier and more nutritious,” said Crystal Smith-Spangler, MD, MS, an instructor in the school’s Division of General Medical Disciplines and a physician-investigator at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, who is also an instructor of medicine at the School of Medicine.
“We were a little surprised that we didn’t find that.”
It’s important to note that the research wasn’t funded by any company with an interest in organic or regular agriculture. As a matter of fact, the authors went on to underline the other benefits of organic farming – environmental and animal welfare benefits. “Our goal was to shed light on what the evidence is,” said Smith-Spangler. “This is information that people can use to make their own decisions based on their level of concern about pesticides, their budget and other considerations.”
“A 2009 meta-analysis said there was no nutrient difference in organic versus conventional.
More researchers analyzed the topic since then.
A 2012 study found slightly higher phosphorous levels in the organic produce.
A 2014 study found higher antioxidant levels and lower cadmium levels in organic food.
Those are good but the differences aren’t really big (and don’t justify the price difference.)
In 2012, another massive meta-analysis was published by a Stanford team. They reported little difference in the health benefits between organic and conventional foods and no consistent difference in the vitamin content of organic products.”
Oh, and did you know that organic products still have pesticides?
“Organic pesticides still pose the same risk to you as non-organic ones.”
Now, I’m not trying to bash organic food.
I just want to remove the misconception behind people thinking if they suddenly start eating organic labeled food, it will equal fat loss.
Eating organic is still better for you, but not as drastically as people claim.
On a side note, I will be doing a $100 Lululemon gift card giveaway to one lucky person on my Instagram account soon! Follow @AlyMelonFit for that!