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'Eat, drink organic for good health'

A nutritional scientist has encouraged more people to buy organic food.

Organic wine maker Samuel Viljoen says red wine can help in combating old age.Picture: freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - A nutritional scientist has encouraged more people to buy organic food.

Today marks International Organic Day.

Nutritionist Heidi du Preez says it's important to highlight the threats of non-organic and over processed foods.

She says non-organic foods don't supply the nutrients the body needs making people more susceptible to illnesses such as cancers, diabetes and obesity.

Du Preez says although there is a slowly growing shift to organic food there is still a lack of supply.

"When there is a higher demand for organic food the prices will come down and stabalise. I think that the supply is a problem, that's also when people are aware about the importance of organic [food], and they are starting to look around they will find enough suppliers."

Meanwhile, organic wine maker Samuel Viljoen says red wine can help in combat old age.

Nutritionists say today is an opportunity to highlight the benefits of eating organic foods.

Award winning Viljoen says there is a growing market for organic wine.

He says the process to make organic wine is environmentally friendly and it also has health benefits.

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