Organic food on the rise as Tweed families get healthy

Jordan Pollock, 21, owner and manager of Garden of Eden Organic and Health Foods.
Jordan Pollock, 21, owner and manager of Garden of Eden Organic and Health Foods. Tara Pollock

ORGANIC foods have become so popular in the Tweed that there are now five organic health food stores within walking distance.

The stores are within 1km of each other and offer a wide selection of organic produce and owners say the market is booming.

The increasing market for organic produce shows more people eliminating insecticides, chemical sprays and synthetic fertilizers from their diets.

"Organic fresh produce, and processed products using organic ingredients are becoming more common place and I think people are seeing that as an attractive option," Great Ideas in Nutrition practicing dietician Amanda Clark said.

Studies have suggested that antioxidant content of organically grown produce is higher which may also contribute to cancer protection and greater mineral content due to healthier soils.

"The ever increasing incidence of cancer makes foods produced without chemicals more attractive," said Mrs Clark.

Garden of Eden Organic and Health Foods owner Jordan Pollock said people from all over the region come to Tweed Heads to buy organic produce in bulk due to the competitive prices and good quality.

"The Tweed Heads region has quite a few gyms, we attract a lot of their clients who want to support their fitness regime with good nutrition," said Ms Pollock.

Local shopper Beverly Hikaka, 62, has been shopping organically for almost five years and said she started buying organically to bring her health back to what it use to be.

"I feel more vibrant, I have a lot more energy".

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