Natural and organic foods are part of this category that has been gaining more and more space on the Brazilian table. So getting to know these foods more and more to make healthier choices on a daily basis becomes fundamental.

The difference between natural foods and organic foods

Natural foods, as its name suggests, are those that come straight from nature to the table. That is, they do not go through any process of industrialization. For the doctor and specialist in sports medicine, Leonardo Souza, natural foods “are all products from nature that have not been processed by the industry, that is, they are free of ‘food additives’ used to improve their appearance and taste,” explains.


Organic food

Organic foods are grown and produced without the use of any chemical additives. That is, they are 100% free of pesticides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and artificial fertilizers, veterinary drugs, hormones, antibiotics or transgenics.

In order for a food to be considered organic, all stages of its production process, including planting, cultivating, harvesting, storing and transport, must comply with the rules established by the organic certification bodies. That is, even when a product is grown in a natural way, if any stage of production falls outside the certification rules, it will only be classified as a natural food, but will not receive the organic seal.

According to the doctor Leonardo Souza, organic foods are always a good request for the menu. “Prioritizing food in the organic way is a good strategy for a really healthy diet,” he suggests.

Natural Foods and Body Detoxification
Lunch is always outside the house and dinner, some frozen industrialized. At the weekend, pizza, soft drinks and many pastries have free passage. One hour the body asks for a detox. For this, no shakes or miracle recipes. The best way to eliminate the toxins absorbed by the body is “cleaning” with natural foods.

Functional nutritionist Danusa Yanes agrees that after major gnawing, it is worth investing in foods that help with this method.


About the use of agrochemicals

In Brazil, the use of certain types of pesticides is regulated by law and allowed in agricultural production to protect pest crops. According to the magazine EcoDebate – Citizenship and Environment, Brazil is today the largest consumer of pesticides in the world. Most of these poisons remain in food and go straight to the table of Brazilians. According to the National Union of Agricultural Defense Products (Sindage), each Brazilian ingests an average of 5 liters of pesticides per year, due to the consumption of contaminated products.

A research released by the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology of the Department of Pediatrics at La Sapienza University in Rome says that ingestion of pesticides through food can cause immune changes in the body, favoring the development of allergies, especially food . Another important factor in the use of pesticides is their possible association with the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and also some types of Cancer.

According to Javier Andrés Vilanova Garcia, doctor and professor in nutrition and consultant of Jasmine Alimentos, the consumption of organic products is the safest, both for human health and for the preservation of the environment.

“From the point of view of chemical residues, nutritional factors and even active principles, organic foods are proven superior and the most suitable for consumption, since they are free from pesticides, herbicides, pesticides, artificial biocides and, in addition, are GMO Free, that is, the production is free of GMOs, “explains Javier.


When it comes to sustainability, what comes to your mind? Selective collection, recycling, water and energy savings may be the most associated situations. But the truth is that the term sustainability encompasses many more areas and segments, as well as being present in the most diverse situations of everyday life, including food.

What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is a concept based on ecologically correct, economically viable, socially just and culturally diverse alternatives. That is, to be sustainable is to respect the environment, supplying the needs of the current generation, without compromising their livelihood and that of future generations. It is to look for alternatives that allow the preservation of the environment, as is the case of the reduction of residues and the use of pesticides in plantations. In addition, sustainability also seeks viable economic alternatives and social justice, with the aim of reducing social inequality and promoting respect and balance between different peoples and cultures.

What does sustainability have to do with food?

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Adopting small attitudes on a daily basis can make a difference to a more balanced and just society. Prefer natural and organic foods, for example, helps in the preservation of soil, air, water and especially health. This is because, this type of food prioritizes the consumption of products free of pesticides and chemical additives, such as artificial fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, which are harmful to health and can cause degradation of the environment.
Sustainability applied to food is part of environmental sustainability, since it focuses not only on human health, but mainly on the preservation of soil, water and air, which can be contaminated with the use of pesticides. In other words, valuing organic food helps to care for the planet, extending the useful life of natural resources and ensuring a better quality of life for all.

It is possible to maintain a sustainable and at the same time healthy diet .