You come across more and more organic food supplements at the health store these days. Organic food is often seen as “healthier”. Not only for our health but also for the environment and animal welfare. Does that also work with dietary supplements? We looked it up for you!
In this article we look at organic food supplements and whether they are healthier than regular supplements.
What are Organic Diet Supplements?
For example, livestock farmers are only allowed to feed their animals organic food. They are also not allowed to administer preventive antibiotics. Farmers are not allowed to genetically modify their crops and are also not allowed to use pesticides, but only natural pesticides such as helping insects. In this way, you maintain the natural cycle of food production. In addition, much less pollution ends up in nature.
In the production of organic products, such as organic food supplements, only natural fragrances, colors and flavors may be added. You may also only use as few processing aids as possible. Only technically indispensable ingredients are allowed. You can recognize organic products by a quality mark.
People often get confused that organic products are also completely natural. However, this is not always the case. There are also organic synthetic products. If you only want products that have a natural origin, then you should look at organic products. In English, organic means the same as organic, which is why you will often see many “organic” products. However, when it comes to organic food supplements, their origin is almost always natural.
Are Organic Supplements Healthier?
All food supplements sold in the Netherlands must meet the strict requirements of the NVWA. This means that dangerous or questionable substances are not present in the supplements, regardless of the method of production. The label is also almost always accurate, so you know exactly what you are taking.
Ultimately, it is about getting enough of a certain substance, such as vitamin C. However, your body does not know when a food supplement is organic and when it is not. Your body only wants to absorb the substance, nothing more.
So when it comes down to it, organic food supplements are not necessarily healthier or more responsible than synthetic food supplements. However, they are often produced in an environmentally friendly way, making your choice more environmentally responsible. Ultimately, it comes down to which products you prefer to use.