Once a term relegated to markets that catered to clientele with vested interest - natural food stores, farmers' markets, progressive cafes - organic is increasingly available in standard supermarkets in their own section or even side-by-side with the 'regular' products.
In an ever changing food landscape of nutrition, diet, fads, and so on, I want to go back to the original point. Without really changing anything else in your diet, going organic as much as possible can simply be better for you. That means as a man you can still eat man foods, just try organic if you can.
First things first what is 'organic'? Per Organic.org:
'Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones.'
I could go into all the other reasons organic food is better for everyone (go here for a list of 10), but again the point here is why it is better for YOU.
The simple reason is that the pesticides, fertilizers, and other additives used to grow non-organic, large farm foods destroy much of what makes the food, well, food. It has more of what is good for us, and less or none of what is bad. I could link a bunch of articles, but it's easy enough to search on the web, and you don't want to read all that stuff anyway. Trust me (I hope you do by now) when I say that the practices of sustainable agriculture (which is actually 'traditional' farming) make better food than modern corporate farming.
Still not sure? Well, here is a little more exposition on the matter in two simple points: it has more nutrition, and it tastes better. Together that means more for less which means more health and less girth, and isn't that we all want?
It Has More NutritionWhile the next point may be more meaningful to many, this is really the important point. Organic food has been shown to contain much higher amounts of vitamins and minerals than regular food. To the right is a table on this fact. OK, so it's from 1995, but statistics don't expire. Still unsure? Here is a newer study. The Results? 'Organic crops contained significantly more vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus and significantly less nitrates than conventional crops. There were nonsignificant trends showing less protein but of a better quality and a higher content of nutritionally significant minerals with lower amounts of some heavy metals in organic crops compared to conventional ones.'
There you have it, in caveman speak: More Good, Less Bad.
It Tastes BetterIf you get more taste out of something, any cravings you have can be satisfied faster, and thus you may be likely to eat less. Personally, if I have a good organic dark chocolate for example I only need a little bit, but if I buy the famous brands of chocolate I could eat a whole bar or bag and not be satisfied.
Now I know, you go to the store, you see the organic food next to the regular, then you look at the price tags. Yes, organic is more expensive
For example a 15 oz can of organic vs conventional tomato sauce is $1.69 versus $1.49 at one store but right on the label Vitamin A and Vitamin C are 4/8% versus 2/4% of RDV.
But it increasingly becomes more reasonable, and the two points above show why it is not. For the price of organic food you get way more nutrition and may eat less. More nutrition means you may not even need supplements - and you know how expensive those are. Combined with eating less it means better health, which means less health care, which means money saved.
Once again, in taste versus calories: More Good, Less Bad.