Adopting A Vegan Diet Means Your Family Will Be Filling Up On Inherently Health-Promoting Plant-Based Foods. However, If You Aren't Buying Organic, You May Also Be Consuming Toxic Chemicals Used In Conventional Farming. Here Are Just A Few Reasons You Sho

Adopting a vegan diet means your family will be filling up on plant-based foods -- fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans -- and reaping the benefits of the many vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and other nutrients these healthy foods naturally possess. However, if you aren't buying organic, your family may also be filling up on pesticides, herbicides, and other toxic chemicals used in conventional farming methods. Here are just a few reasons you should choose organic foods.
Adopting a vegan diet means your family will be filling up on plant-based foods -- fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans -- and reaping the benefits of the many vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and other nutrients these healthy foods naturally possess. However, if you aren't buying organic, your family may also be filling up on pesticides, herbicides, and other toxic chemicals used in conventional farming methods. Here are just a few reasons you should choose organic foods.

Why eat organic foods

1. Organic foods are more readily available

The popularity and appreciation of organically-grown foods has resulted in organic produce, grains, and other foodstuff being more accessible to consumers. From sections at the supermarket to co-ops and farmers markets, you can buy an organic version of just about any food.

2. Organic foods may be cheaper

Organic foods certainly have a reputation of being more expensive than their conventionally-grown counterparts, but that is beginning to change. Organic foods bought at the farmers market or through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) may be less expensive because they are locally-sourced (meaning you don't pay for transportation costs) and not marked up at the supermarket.

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3. Organic foods are more nutritious

Research has demonstrated that organically-grown produce is higher in nutrients, such as antioxidants. Further, organic foods aren't treated with chemicals, like pesticides and herbicides, so you aren't ingesting man-made toxins.

4. Organic foods are eco-friendly

Because organic foods aren't treated with potentially toxic chemicals, organic farms aren't leaching toxins into the soil, water, or air. Also, locally-grown organic foods don't have to travel across country and, thus, cut down on the fuel emissions released into the air.

5. Locally-sourced organic foods support your community

If you opt for locally-grown organic foods, you're helping your local farmers and your community thrive. Look at it as helping out your neighbors while you aim for feeding your family the most nutritious vegan diet.

6. Locally-sourced organic foods are seasonal

Though most of our fruits and vegetables are available year-round at the supermarket, relying on locally-sourced produce means you follow the seasons, another boon for the environment. Use it as an opportunity to teach your family about the growing seasons of fruits and vegetables as well as a way to always eat foods at the height of their freshness and flavor.

7. Eating organic may just inspire you to grow your own garden

Once you taste the freshness of locally-grown organic fruits and vegetables, you may find yourself wanting to feed your family from your very own organic garden, which is the most budget-friendly and close-to-home way of acquiring organic foods.

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