These days, it seems almost impossible to find complete whole food, as supermarket aisles are flooded with over-processed goods teeming with chemicals, hormones and preservatives. For years it seemed that consumers turned a blind eye to the bizarre concoctions that big name food manufacturers have been cooking up, but finally – and thankfully – Americans are growing more aware of these methods and the harm they cause. Suddenly relatively niche organic goods, from food and cosmetics to personal lubricants, are becoming more mainstream as a larger portion of the population turn to the incredible powers of Mother Nature.
Though many men and women who follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle are aware of the benefits of organic fare, people who follow conventional diets may not know what such labels really mean. Previously on this blog, we've shed light on the merits of organic beef, fruits and vegetables. Today, we'll cover another area: Dairy products.
All vegans and many vegetarians tend to opt for alternatives such as soy, rice or almond milk, but if you're looking for something straight from the cow, you should be aware of the hormones that could be present in milk. Health magazine notes that the issue of hormones is "hotly debated" in the dairy industry, and that "one study found that organic milk has significantly higher concentrations of the hormones estradiol and progesterone which may help prevent the potentially breast cancer-causing effects of milk's Vitamin D, but had lower concentrations of IGF-1, the hormone that triggers the onset of puberty."
Reuters explained that, to qualify for this branding, this milk must come from livestock that is fed organic feed that does not contain meat or poultry, allowed to graze at pasture for 30 percent of the year and is not subjected to antibodies or growth hormones.
Given Mother Nature's bounty, it seems inconceivable that we've strayed so far. Why expose yourself to harmful chemicals and toxins when you have alternatives like organic foods and natural lubricants?