The health benefits of Certified Organic products

Do you buy Certified Organic products? Do you know what the certifications mean, what logos to look out for and why eating and using organic products can improve your health? September is Australian Certified Organic Awareness Month so a perfect time to talk about why you need to consider buying products stamped with the bud logo.

The Australian Certified Organic (ACO) certification process was set up in the late 80’s due to the lack of legislation in Australia recognising the term ‘organic’ and a need to distinguish true organic products. The ACO logo, also know as the ‘bud logo’, is appearing on more and more products including fresh produce, packaged foods and cosmetics.

It’s great to see more products being certified because as a consumer this logo, and the other logos we recognise in Australia (see the list below), gives us confidence that we can use and eat these products knowing that the quality has been checked and they don’t contain toxins that may effect our health.

Brands who offer products bearing the ACO logo have been inspected from paddock to plate, or farm to bottle. They have spent time and money on gaining the certification because they believe in the importance of offering top quality products, giving consumers confidence and trust in their brand, and saving us time when shopping – no need for detailed label reading! These companies also invest back into the organic industry as part of their certification – so it’s a win/win!

The ACO stamp of approval guarantees that the product is:

  • Organic
  • Cruelty Free
  • Pasture Fed
  • Free Range
  • Sustainably Fished
  • Biodiversity Friendly
  • GM Free
  • Socially Responsible
  • Grown free from synthetic pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics

There is no regulation on using the word ‘organic’, so many products which use it on their labels may not be true organic products. Instead they may just contain one or two ingredients that are organic. Only when a product is certified can you be sure of it’s quality.

So what are the health benefits of using Certified Organic products?

As reported on, the health benefits depends on who you ask and which studies you consult, however there are four science-backed benefits:

  • Fewer pesticides and heavy metals
  • More healthy fats
  • No antibiotics or synthetic hormones
  • Often more antioxidants

And it’s vulnerable groups in our community including pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people suffering from allergies who may benefit the most from choosing organically produced foods and using organic products on their skin and around the home.

Some studies have linked pesticides in foods to obesity and type 2 diabetes, and others have been drawing links between pesticides, ADHD and cancer. Last year the Sydney Morning Herald reported on a major European study that claimed pesticides in foods are far more dangerous than was thought, causing damage to the human brain. Although research continues with mixed results, it’s clear that certified organic food eaten and products used on skin results in less of a build up of toxins in the body, in itself a benefit to our health.

It’s certainly worth considering buying products with one of  the Organic Certifications:Organic Certification Logos

Even if you have a budget for food and groceries, there are some foods that are considered “dirtier” than others when it comes to pesticides, so below is the list of the foods you should definitely buy organic.

The Dirty Dozen

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Capsicum
  12. Potatoes

When it comes to products you use on your skin or around the home, there are so many options that contain less toxins these days, and many are certified.  Visit the online store Nourished Life to discover them or visit your local health food store.

Discover more about Australian Organic and join the Bud Organic Club as part of  Certified Organic Awareness Month.

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