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August 15, 2014 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Healthy Living

Benefits of Organic Food Documented

In the largest and most rigorously conducted study to date, organic foods came out on top. This new evaluation included an unprecedented 343 peer-reviewed publications comparing the nutritional quality and safety of fruits, vegetables, and grains grown in organic vs. conventional conditions. The researchers noted three very clear areas of superiority for the organic crops including: fewer pesticides, more antioxidants, and less cadmium. Here were the specifics:
  • Levels of pesticides in crops grown organically were 10 to 100 fold lower relative to those conventionally grown.
  • Organic crops had 18 to 69 percent higher levels of beneficial plant antioxidants (polyphenols). Measure for measure you would have to eat two extra portions of conventionally grown fruits and vegetables to get the same levels of antioxidants as organic varieties.
  • In an unexpected finding, conventional crops had about twice as much cadmium vs. the organic versions. Cadmium is a potentially toxic heavy metal. (The British Journal of Nutrition, onlineJuly 2014)

My advice? Although conventionally grown fruits, vegetables, and whole grains clearly offer a host of nutritional benefits that overall outweigh their shortcomings, choose organic when possible, particularly for those most notorious for the highest pesticide loads.Click here to see this list.