More evidence seems to pour in every day that organic is better for you. If you’re a juicer, the ingredients in your daily cold-pressed blends should be free of pesticides and GMOs, too.
Jamba Juice’s new line of Cold Pressed Juices and Signature Blends are organic. Their premium ingredients will support your healthy lifestyle, give you energy, and leave you feeling great about Mother Earth. Below are seven reasons you should make sure that your next cold pressed juice is organic, just like Jamba Juice’s offerings:
1. Organic foods contain more antioxidants.
There are many substances that can act as antioxidants; chief among them are vitamins A and C, as well as beta-carotene and manganese. Studies have shown that a lack of antioxidant-rich foods can lead to a greater risk of atherosclerosis, cancer, and vision loss.
2. There are fewer pesticides.
While even non-organic foods contain less than the maximum legal levels of pesticides, common sense suggests that less is better: Some pesticides have been linked to myriad diseases and conditions, including Parkinson’s and cancer. And we should be pouring nutrients into our bodies without the worry that we’re also consuming undesired chemicals.
3. There are few to no additives.
It’s nice to know that what you’re eating is exactly what you think you’re eating. And because regulations placed on organic food majorly restricts the use of additives, processing aids, and fortifying agents that are often found in non-organic foods (preservatives, artificial sweeteners, colorings, flavorings, and monosodium glutamate), you can rest assured you won’t find any surprises in certified organic food.
4. Organic foods are better for the environment.
While you’re helping yourself be as healthy as can be, how about helping the environment and your fellow humans? Organic farming practices help conserve water and improve soil quality. Given the droughts we see occurring every year and the dire reports from environmental experts, these are no small reasons to go organic.
5. They’re higher in nutrients.
Along with fewer pesticides, this is probably the No. 1 reason folks decide to eat organic. Studies have shown that organic foods are often higher in vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorous than their non-organic counterparts.
6. Organic foods don’t contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Simply put, GMOs are crops that have been made by combining different genetic material in a non-natural way, or by traditional crossbreeding. As an example, some crops are combined with bacteria to produce their own insecticide, called Bt-toxin. Unfortunately, the poison isn’t just bad for bugs — it’s bad for us, too. It can potentially damage human cell membranes. Yuck.
7. Organic food is often fresher.
Fresh food is the best food, right? And because organic food usually doesn’t contain preservatives, it should be eaten right away. If you’re eating food that’s been lying around for a week — and it still looks fine — it’s probably loaded with preservatives. Avoid it!
*Disclaimer: This post was researched and written by the editors at mindbodygreen and does not reflect the opinions of Jamba Juice.
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