We’ve caught up with our founder Inés Hermida and Technical Formulator, Alex Kirchin, the nutritional superman behind our delicious and nourishing organic plant protein blends, to get the low down on some of the latest findings from recent research into the benefits of choosing organic, and we’re not just talking about the foods we eat but things that were exposed to on a day-to-day basis.
There are so many reasons why choosing organic produce is better, you can read about our Top 5 Reasons here one of which is nutritional quality! Why? There have been multiple studies that show organic food varieties do provide significantly greater levels of essential vitamins and minerals like magnesium, iron, vitamin C, as well as antioxidant phytochemicals (anthocyanins, flavonoids, and carotenoids), that are essential for all bodily functions and contribute to skin health and vitality as well as training performance and recovery.
Research has shown non-organic food to be far more toxic to consume, placing a huge strain on our cells and bodily systems, an example is sucralose, which we'll come on to shortly. The fewer toxins from non-organic foods that the body has to process (e.g. pesticides), the less work for the liver whose role is to detoxify the body, leaving more energy for metabolic activity such as exercise, brain function and recovery.
SUCRALOSE. A SYNTHETIC INGREDIENT
What is Sucralose? It’s a synthetic organochlorine sweetener (OC) that is a common ingredient in the world's food supply, it’s what’s hiding it fizzy drinks and lots of other foods and drinks! Not to be confused with sucrose, the sugar molecule.
HOW IS SUCRALOSE HARMFUL?
Both human and rodent studies have demonstrated that sucralose may alter glucose, insulin, and glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) levels. These findings show that sucralose is not a biologically inert compound – in other words, when sucralose is consumed, the body does respond.
There’s a striking similarity between results from animal research and a number of large-scale, long-term observational studies in humans, in finding significantly increased weight gain, adiposity, incidences of obesity, cardiometabolic risk, and even total mortality among individuals with chronic, daily exposure to low-calorie sweeteners (Fowler, 2016).
There is also an abundance of evidence that suggests that low-calorie sweeteners should not be dismissed as inert in the gut environment. Sucralose, aspartame and saccharin, which are widely used to reduce energy content in foods and beverages to promote satiety and encourage weight loss, have been shown to disrupt the balance and diversity of gut microbiota (Nettleton, 2016).
THE SWEET NATURAL ALTERNATIVE
There are lots of natural sweeteners out there, like green leaf stevia which you can find in any of your natural health food stores like Planet Organic. It actually tastes sweeter than sugar but doesn’t spike your blood sugar levels and is more easily digested. It’s one of the reasons we use it in our PEACE and ENERGY blends. You can get our sugar low down here!
Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are compounds that change the normal functioning of the endocrine system (hormones) of both humans and wildlife. There is a large number of chemicals that are classified EDC’S of which pesticides are a few.
HOW DO THEY ACT?
They bind to and activate hormone receptors throughout the body which cause imbalances in hormones which produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects. The NHS lists the Health concerns associated with endocrine disrupting chemical here, these can include low semen count, genetic mutation and premature birth.
As well as pesticides, endocrine disruptors can also be found in our everyday products like plastic water bottles, detergents, food, toys, cosmetics etc.
What chemicals look out for? Keep an eye out for the following chemicals:
- Bisphenol A (BPA) - A chemical produced in large quantities for use primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.
- Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is a high production volume chemical used in the manufacture of a wide variety of consumer food packaging
- Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring substances in plants that have hormone-like activity. Examples of phytoestrogens are genistein and daidzein, which can be found in soy-derived products.
HOW ORGANIC CAN PROTECT YOU FROM SYNTHETIC INGREDIENTS
When you buy an organic food (or skin care) product, there are a select few processes approved under organic standards. For example, most traditional processes to prepare and conserve food are absolutely fine. Things such as extraction, boiling, percolating, distilling, fermentation that keep the original properties of a food in place and maintain its original quality. The problem is when a substance is altered at a molecular level, it then stops being natural. Take for example radiation which can change the structure of a food. The physical properties are then lost and the material becomes denatured. When we talk about denatured we mean it’s not something we find in nature, and therefore it may be unrecognisable to our bodies. As a result, we don’t know how to metabolise it, which has implications on the immune system as mentioned about above.
OUR DELICIOUS AND NOURISHING PLANT PROTEIN
When it comes to creating our organic blends; PEACE, ENERGY and BEAUTY we make sure that each ingredient is sourced, manufactured, stored and sold to the highest standards of natural quality. So when you're buying our sachets or drums, you know that they have been lovingly made with:
- No artificial colours or preservatives
- No routine use of antibiotics
- No or Fewer pesticides
- No artificial thickeners, emulsifiers or gums
WHAT GOES IN OUR BLENDS?
You will be glad to know we use just pure plants!! All our blends; PEACE, ENERGY and BEAUTY are made up of organic whole foods, botanicals and adaptogens, each organically sourced and certified by The Soil Association, you can read more about what it means to be certified here. We use Pea & Rice protein for a complete amino acid profile and delicious flavour, and layer on top our signature 6 ingredients which are a unique blend of organic nutrient-dense ingredients; Maca, Baobab, Flaxseed, Seaweed Kelp, Ginger and Cranberry. On top of that, we add unique botanicals to enhance the function of each blend. You can read more about our blends and their benefits here or shop them here!
We hope we have given you a more in-depth view of organic vs conventional produce, and that you feel even more enthusiastic about choosing organic!!! If you have any questions please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org, we always love to hear from you!