There’s a lot of buzz out there about the importance of eating organic foods. But how much is fact and how much is fiction? And how does all of it apply to the post-bariatric surgery diet? In many ways, as it turns out. Read on for three reasons why organic ingredients matter for bariatric patients.
According to a survey of research comparing the nutrient content of organic and conventional crops published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, organic crops contain significantly more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and micronutrients than their commercially grown alternatives.
Concludes Prevention of the data, “On average, organically grown foods provide: 21 percent more iron (than their conventional counterparts); 27 percent more vitamin C; 29.3 more magnesium; [and] 13.6 percent more phosphorus.”
Not only that, but organic foods also contain 18 to 69 percent high concentrations of antioxidants, according to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Says National Geographic of the findings, “The organic eater consumes the antioxidant equivalent of approximately two extra produce portions every day, without altering food intake.” For bariatric patients for whom nutrition is imperative, nutrient-dense ingredients can make all the difference.
Conventionally-grown ingredients are full of chemicals that haven’t been tested for their long-term health effects. Factor in genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and the potential threats to consumers grow. Bariatric patients have opted to take a major step toward enhanced health and wellness by pursuing bariatric surgery. Eating foods made with toxic and/or contaminated ingredients is a step in the wrong direction.
Not only are these ingredients detrimental to human health, but they may also be a contributing factor to obesity, according to recent research published in Nature Communications.
According to a press release on the study: “The investigators used hormone-producing tissues grown from human stem cells to demonstrate how chronic exposure to these chemicals can interfere with signals sent from the digestive system to the brain that let people know when they are ‘full’ during meals. When this signaling system breaks down, people often may continue eating, causing them to gain weight.”
Proposes Clive Svendsen, Ph.D., director of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute and the Kerry and Simone Vickar Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Regenerative Medicine, “This is a landmark study that substantially improves our understanding of how endocrine disruptors may damage human hormonal systems and contribute to the obesity epidemic in the U.S.'
Making healthy choices is a critical part of weight loss and weight management for bariatric patients. And, as we all know, it’s much easier to choose healthy foods if those foods taste good. Enter organic ingredients.
Anyone who’s ever sunk their teeth into a juicy, just-plucked-from-the-tree, organic apple knows that the experience is incomparable. And there's research to back it up. Specifically, organic foods best conventionally grown alternatives in terms of taste, aroma and mouthfeel.
Researcher Charles Benbrook told National Geographic: “The concept of terroir can be traced to particular biological stresses in a region or soil types that impact how a plant responds to stress. The chemicals that a plant produces to respond to stress become part of that plant’s signature taste. People are yearning for more intense flavors, and there’s good news that organic farming accentuates flavor in fruits and vegetables.”
And these three reasons are just the start when it comes to the benefits of eating organic. From safeguarding biodiversity to supporting the future of independent family farms, eating organic isn’t just good for individuals — it’s also good for the planet and all of its inhabitants.
The overall takeaway? Bariatric meals made from organic ingredients offer post-op patients looking to make and maintain positive change within their lives a direct — and delicious — path to doing so.