What are the health benefits of eating sustainably?
While you might already place your delicious lunches in eco-friendly products such as reusable sandwich bags, you might not have given much thought to how much better sustainably grown food is for your health.
What is sustainably grown food?
If you already purchase this kind of food, give yourself a big pat on the back. This type of agriculture focuses on raising and growing food in an ecologically and ethically responsible way.
Farmers utilise practices that protect the environment, safeguard human health and ensure animals are treated humanely.
What are the health benefits of this kind of food?
Because sustainable farmers avoid harmful substances such as additives, pesticides and antibiotics, you will be consuming food that is a lot more pure than conventional varieties.
This means the sandwich in your reusable sandwich wrap will contain only natural ingredients, rather than a cocktail of potentially harmful chemicals.
Not only that, but often food grown sustainably is higher in good nutrients and antioxidants.
If you choose sustainably-grown and minimally processed food like legumes, whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables, you may find your total cholesterol levels decrease as a result, and so could your risk of certain cancers.
Other benefits include better colon function and increased intake of nutrients and minerals essential for your wellbeing.
Commercially grown produce that uses pesticides and other chemicals to improve taste, texture and flavour have been found to have lower levels of certain minerals, vitamins and other important parts of our diet.
These include protein, iron, potassium, calcium, riboflavin, ascorbic acid, zinc, selenium, and other essential nutrients, both macro and micro.
Macro-nutrients need to be consumed in high doses for the body to function adequately. These are things like fibre, protein, amino acids, water, fats and carbohydrates.
Micronutrients are made up of vitamins, minerals and organic acids. Our body needs an adequate supply of both kinds of nutrients in order to function.
Who else does it help?
If that isn't enough to convince you to make the switch, you might get some feel-good points from choosing this kind of meat and produce.
Farmers who support sustainable agriculture use methods that promote an environmentally friendly and responsible food system.