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Do you believe organic food really tastes better?

I rarely buy organic food because I can’t afford it, but I recently bought organic carrots because it was all they had at the store and they didn’t taste any better than the carrots I usually buy.

Is this usually the case with organic food?

by Anonymousreply 4113 hours ago

No, I just want to support sustainable farming practices.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Saturday at 1:26 PM

Organic food is a scam. Just wash your produce

by Anonymousreply 2Last Saturday at 1:28 PM

R1 Organic farming isn't more sustainable because it requires more land and as a result, it may contribute more to global warming.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Saturday at 1:30 PM

Yes, the apples, carrots, sugarsnaps, roman lettuce etc. I got from my mother's garden tasted 10 times better than anything I bought from any shop.

by Anonymousreply 4Last Saturday at 1:34 PM

R4 They don't taste better because they're organic but because they're super fresh and local. Different discussion.

by Anonymousreply 5Last Saturday at 1:36 PM

R5 Our organic is not local, you must live in California, I suspect the organic in our stores is just regular marked up in price. It looks exactly like all the rest even though they say to accept a few blemishes, I never find any blemishes. I wish someone would test random samples of organic produce from all over, I bet it is covered in the same pesticides as regular produce.

by Anonymousreply 6Last Saturday at 1:41 PM

Yes they do taste better. Apples, carrots can be stored for a week in the fridge bottom drawer and they still taste better than what I buy in shops.

by Anonymousreply 7Last Saturday at 1:47 PM

Before the pandemic, my roommate would go buy dairy products and whatever veggies and fruit were in season out here in the countryside from the peasants that would grow it. They tasted and looked a whole lot different than what I was buying at Whole Foods. The carrots actually added a strong sweet and root taste to the food, as did the parsnips and even the salad had a perfume. The eggs where a dark yellow and a the dairy was creamier. Also, everything is smaller and somehow more compact and colorful but with blemishes.

In any case, I don't know if organic is worth it.

by Anonymousreply 8Last Saturday at 1:47 PM

If you are talking Whole Foods type then NO! You are wasting your money. I know this is going to piss off Gen Z and Millennial but they are victims of marketing by pledging their allegiance to this store. Yet they still keep spending all their money on that Republican owned chain that supports Trump and his anti environment changes to the law. Talk about working against your own interest.

Everything I have tried there tastes worse than what I can get for half the price at a regular market except for their fresh baked bread.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Saturday at 1:50 PM

I don't like organic apples, I only buy non-organic For some reason organic apples don't taste as good to me.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Saturday at 1:52 PM

Whole was caught flying in tomatoes from Israel, that's really sustainable, you mean there were NO tomatoes to be found in the USA or even Mexico?

by Anonymousreply 11Last Saturday at 1:55 PM

I don't think organic tastes better but I do buy organic when it comes to fruits and vegetables on the "Dirty Dozen" list. The items on this list are the most heavily sprayed AND have thin skins which allows the pesticide to absorb, no amount of washing will help.

I thought I was allergic to strawberries for years. Turns out strawberries are on the top of the Dirty Dozen List every year because they are very heavily sprayed. I can eat organic strawberries just fine, it was the pesticide I was reacting to with the conventional strawberries.

For example, you don't need to buy organic bananas or avocados, they aren't heavily sprayed and they have thick skins.

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by Anonymousreply 12Last Saturday at 2:10 PM

The ORGANIC strawberries probably are just the same old sprayed ones, but the placebo effect is is real.

by Anonymousreply 13Last Saturday at 2:35 PM

That's ridiculous. Don't you know what "organic" means?

To answer the OP, yes, some things do taste much better. Oranges, for example. But organically bananas are worse than the others, for some reason. They have a strange texture.

by Anonymousreply 14Last Saturday at 2:38 PM

"organically grown" bananas, I meant.

by Anonymousreply 15Last Saturday at 3:44 PM

If you eat it, non-battery raised and slaughtered free range meat and poultry tastes much, much better.

by Anonymousreply 16Last Saturday at 3:50 PM

Organic tastes better because it tastes [italic]cleaner[/italic].

by Anonymousreply 17Last Saturday at 3:51 PM

Interesting opinions so far.

Nobody has mentioned meat other than R16. I’d like to hear about that as well.

by Anonymousreply 18Last Saturday at 5:49 PM

Organic food often DOESN'T taste better. A lot of the "additives" used actually enhance taste. Similarly, organic food often spoils quicker.

The key to taste, usually, is freshness - as others here have noted.

by Anonymousreply 19Last Saturday at 7:34 PM

Of course it's all an opinion like assholes everyone's got one. I think people THINK it's better because its organic but all organic means is grown without pesticides and that shouldn't change the flavor. Please post some research that it tastes better or is more nutritious, and not from the University of Zimbabwe.

by Anonymousreply 20Last Saturday at 7:51 PM

[quote]If you eat it, non-battery raised and slaughtered free range meat and poultry tastes much, much better.

Not if you live in China where literally torturing an animal before you kill it is thought to release stress hormones making it taste better. That's why I cant buy the argument that some make about respecting Chinese medicine. Both are based on myths and legend with ZERO science to back it up. Funny, they can build rockets that go into outer space, but cant prove their tiger penis, shark fin soup, or ground up seahorses to improve limp dick have any medicinal purpose.

by Anonymousreply 21Last Saturday at 8:56 PM

R21 - Chinese medicine is not accredited by the West but that doesn't mean it is not effective or good. My late partner made a hobby of this and, before his death, it helped him a lot. Obviously as an ob-gyn he had no competition from them, but said a lot of the herbs used are really full.of chemicals that address the same issues Western medication does but the drug companies and the West don't want the competition. He took me to a Chinese doctor for my colitis and I was SUPER skeptical and I kid you not, after one session and one round of the most vile tasting concoction I have ever smelled of ingested, I was not only better but much stronger. It was amazing.

The West prevented medical study for a millennia due to church rule but not Asia...hence, their medicine progressed while we stagnated. However, these days in LA it is hard to find a serious practitioner with 15 years of study.

by Anonymousreply 22Last Saturday at 11:05 PM

I don't buy organic because I think it tastes better. I buy organic -- especially for my kids -- because I don't want to poison them with Roundup, organochlorines (banned in the EU, but ubiquitous in the US) and all the other toxic shit that ALL standard commercially grown produce is full of.

And that goes double for animal-based foods like milk and meat, which in addition to the above are also full of the hormones and residual antibiotics the animals get pumped full of.

Organic food doesn't taste any better IMO, but at least it won't give me cancer or contribute to rampant antibiotic resistance.

by Anonymousreply 23Last Saturday at 11:34 PM

Grass fed beef and eggs and meat from humane raised chicken definitely tastes better. The rest is drenched in antibiotics and they're just fed soy, which is an estrogen mimic that causes endocrine disorders.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Saturday at 11:38 PM

R24 - so essentially that may explain why so many American people are overweight and particularly females who have less testosterone. Since my sister cut out animal products except organic 2 times a week, her weight loss has been far more dramatic that anything the gym could do and we still Zoom and have a couple of drinks and cook a few times a week. I need that will power.

by Anonymousreply 25Yesterday at 12:15 PM

No. Another vote for the freshness that comes from local sourcing in season.

Organic seems a high horse for the same bunch that think that harping to waiters and waitresses about plastic soda straws and turtles will save the fucking world.

by Anonymousreply 26Yesterday at 12:49 PM

Penn and Teller did a "Bullshit" episode on this. They did taste tests where they didn't tell anyone which item was GMO and which was Organic. The people claiming organic tastes better chose the GMO as better tasting every time.

by Anonymousreply 27Yesterday at 1:08 PM

And organic has more pesticides than GMO crops.

by Anonymousreply 28Yesterday at 1:09 PM

I remember John Stossell on 20/20 doing some test where they gave people organic and regular vegetables to compare and they couldn't tell the difference.

by Anonymousreply 29Yesterday at 2:56 PM

Tell me were the hell is local in season? We have no local vegetables in the summer,it's not everybody lives in California, in fact most people do not live in California. The fresh veg we get at the store is often limp and dried out. Picked three weeks ago yep in California and flown in.

by Anonymousreply 30Yesterday at 3:05 PM

This thread has been great.

R27 that is fucking hilarious! Glad I haven’t been wasting money on overpriced “organic” shit.

by Anonymousreply 31Yesterday at 3:33 PM

NPR years ago had a piece exploring whether poultry factory farm eggs, organic eggs, or free range organic eggs were better. They had various food experts and foodies and rich bored women who kept a few hens at their place in Litchfield all trumpeting the deliciousness of fresh free range organic eggs. "Of course you can taste the difference!"

Except that they couldn't. A blind taste test by some of those interviewed reflected the finger of a more controlled university research project showed that tasters could not detect distinct differences and were left to choose among eggs that did not taste significantly different. A small majority 60% or so favored the factory farm eggs, but more tellingly the tasters had a difficult time sorting out the best and worst.

Other taste tests since seem to show the same. The only difference was in the color of the eggs.

It's human nature to think that the eggs that your lovely neighbor with the picture perfect gentleman's farm and the hens as pretty and pedigreed as Martha Stewart's are special. But there's not much evidence of that idea holding up to a taste test.

by Anonymousreply 3218 hours ago

In the supper and fall I buy from farmer's markets fruits & veggies that are locally grown. They are not organic for the most part and they sometimes taste better. It is because they are fresher or a variety that hasn't been bred for transportation in a way that sacrifices flavor. Organic is a scam.

by Anonymousreply 3316 hours ago

Not that I've ever noticed. It may, in some cases, be better for the environment overall, particularly if it's local. Better taste may be had at a local farmers market, but those can be hard on a broke bitch.

by Anonymousreply 3415 hours ago

Bullshit, r28. But you know that.

by Anonymousreply 3515 hours ago

Again, choosing organic food is not about tasting better; no one would seriously make that argument. Home-grown or farm-to-table --organic or not -- will always taste better than other types of food because freshness, and picking at the peak of ripeness, matters most to taste.

Some people choose organic food because they want to support eco-friendly agriculture; that's a worthy cause.

But the most important, and undeniable, benefit of organic food is simply that it won't poison you with the antibiotics, artificial hormones, and pesticides that standard food production is full of. Most people can't even imagine the amount of chemicals contained in industrially produced produce and animal products.

The explosion in chemical additives and substitutes in our food supply is the main reason for the increase in allergies and food intolerances over the past 50 years, IMO, and one of the main contributors to rise in obesity, metabolic disorders and cancer. Sure, the links are hard to prove (see smoking), and that's why big agriculture can successfully lobby agains restrictions on chemical usage, but common sense should suffice for consumers to realize what's up.

by Anonymousreply 3615 hours ago

Whether organic or not, produce purchased in a grocery store is at least a week old and sometimes several more. The supply chain does all sorts of things to lengthen shelf life to the detriment of flavor. Sometimes fruit is picked when not quite ripe and then gassed to achieve a certain color. Some produce is submerged in water or flash chilled to inhibit further ripening. There are too many techniques used to list. Some techniques make non-organic produce taste better. For example, produce wax (which I hate) helps non-organic apples retain moisture and flavor.

Whether organic or not, mass-produced produce is always inferior because flavor is least important factor. Ease of growth, speed-to-market, produce size, etc. all outweigh flavor because flavor is not the highest consideration when the public purchases produce. The public purchases the big, red tomato and thinks they've gotten a good deal. They barely notice how flavorless it is.

The difference in flavor is how produce is grown and how quickly you get it from the land to the table. Produce purchased from the local farm stand, in season, blemishes and all, is loads better than anything in the store. (Be careful about famers "markets" - they often sell just resell produce from the same distributors grocers use.) Produce from your backyard is phenomenal. It may be smaller and not perfect looking, but the taste can be mind blowing. Flavor begins diminishing for most produce the minute it is harvested. Eating produce within minutes of picking it, produce that is truly ripe (not made to appear ripe, such as what you find in stores) is amazing.

by Anonymousreply 3714 hours ago

organic meat, yes, but not the veggies. but that isn't the point, OP

by Anonymousreply 3814 hours ago

R32, did the study truly provide free-range eggs as a choice, or did they offer mass-produced "free range" eggs? Those "free-range" outfits have been uncovered as a bit of a scam. They treat their hens a bit better but they are not truly free range. Their hens do not live off the land, they merely get a short amount of time to run in the yard. Plus, they include spices such as paprika, to their feed so that their yolk appear darker. So, if they used those eggs, it's no wonder that their is no difference in taste.

Eggs from hens that are allowed to get most of their intake from scavenging - worms and the like - produce tastier eggs. Better input - better output. They're smaller, but they actually have flavor.

by Anonymousreply 3914 hours ago

R39 i'm not the one you wrote to. However, I have seen multiple studies and people can never tell. I have raised poultry a long time (free range except nights) and only noticed a difference in health of the actual birds -- NOT the eggs themselves.

If you really want "better eggs" you'll find it by species, not them being "free range". Eat duck eggs if it's about health and getting more for your buck.

by Anonymousreply 4013 hours ago

Organic tomatoes taste amazing. You finally understand why it's considered a fruit

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