Updated 08:34 AM EST, Fri, Jan 21, 2022

Popular Organic Foods to Try in Latin America

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A lot of people are shifting to organic diets for a healthier lifestyle, including residents of Latin America.

For those wanting to try organic food in the region, below are some popular options:

1. Banana

According to Dole Organic, Ecuador is the biggest supplier of organic bananas in the region, with growers starting this agriculture trend since 1998.

Research Gate added that banana growers in the country shifted to organic production because this gives them more produce and earnings.

It added that the through organic farming, fungicides are not used to grow bananas, resulting in higher prices of the fruit.

Before It's News highlighted that eating organic bananas can help peopl overcome depression, cure muscle cramps and improve mood.

It also claimed that bananas help reduce swelling and can also protect people from diabetes and other diseases of the nervous system.

"Bananas act as a prebiotic, stimulating the growth of friendly bacteria in the bowel. They also produce digestive enzymes to assist in absorbing nutrients," added the same report.

2. Citrus

Fresh Plaza said organic citrus has paved a good path for the production in Cuba. It noted that farmers in the country take good care of their crops using organic fertilizers.

Because of this, growers are able to harvest about 6,000 metric tons of orange and grapefruit.

Drinking organic citrus juices, like orange, can lower cholesterol levels and boost vitamin C in your body, according to Uncle Matts.

Citrus is also effective in preventing ulcers and kidney stones.

3. Coffee

Another popular organic item in South America is coffee. IFAD said organic coffee is famous in Mexico, especially in Chiapas.

Pacific Standard said farmers were encouraged to shift to organic farming because of the premium prices of the products. They had to learn about organic ways of producing coffee through workshops and meetings.

According to Healthy Eating, consuming organic coffee will save people from ingesting chemical residue from fertilizers and pesticides, which is found in regular coffee. 

4. Wine

Chile is a famous source of organic wine in Latin America. Organic Market noted that the organic production of wine was envisioned in the 1980s. It then grew after growers explored "organic and bio-dynamic agriculture." Vineyards were then converted to organic plantations.

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