What Is Organic Food?
Since there is not an "official" definition of this term, we'll consider that organic food, in order to be considered organic, must meet the following requirements:
- It was grown and produced without using artificial chemicals, such as artificial fertilisers and pesticides.
- It has not been genetically modified (GM), or exposed to radiation.
Why Is Organic Food Better Than Supplements?
The main reason is that when you consume organic food, you know that what you are consuming is what you think it is. It is not rare to see in the news that, as it turns out, a certain supplement contains banned substances, in spite of the fact that the label of said supplement states that it is perfectly safe and that it contains no illegal substances.
We don't have enough data about the health effects of the manufacturing processes that are used to manufacture these supplements. Take whey protein powder, for example. Whey is produced out of milk. We do not know what kind of food the animals that produced this milk were fed. Therefore, we really do not know what effects this whey protein powder will have on our body. It may not be harmful, but again, we don't know for sure, even if the ingredients of these supplements are perfectly legal. Organic food has a huge advantage here: you do not need to worry about how it will affect your health because that food has been produced the way it has always been produced by humans thorough history.
You do not need supplements to achieve your goals. If you are someone that is concerned with general fitness, or a bodybuilder or a strength athlete, for example, you do not need any supplement to achieve your goals. If supplements offered something that is impossible to get through real food, it would make sense to risk the health concerns related to supplement consumption; but they don't.
What Supplements Can Be Replaced With Real Food?
It is important to note that while this is a common question, it shows how important supplements are in the minds of so many people today. Food is not meant to replace supplements; supplements are meant to replace food, if you decide to use them at all, which is not necessary. You can have perfect nutrition without using any supplements. In fact, as explained above, there's a strong case to be made against the use of supplements when you have access to organic food.
With that said, let's see what can be used to replace to the most commonly used supplements:
Multivitamins: Fresh, organic fruits contain all the vitamins that your body may need. Three or four servings a day, along with the rest of your food, is enough. Spending time outdoors is good, too, for the vitamin D.
Protein powders: Grass-fed beef and eggs from an organic farm, for example, are a much better source of protein than protein powder.
A well-balanced diet: This is not a particular food item, but still. Health wise, a well-balanced diet is superior to any supplement you can find. A well balanced diet includes plenty organic food in the form of vegetables and animal products, and water. If you have this, no supplement is necessary, or even desirable.