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Organic Foods - Better or Just More $?
Created on 9/7/2012
Stanford University researchers recently presented findings from their review of studies looking at the nutritional value of oganic foods compared with conventional fare.
Their results surprised some people - that the nutrient value of conventional products is essentially the same as that of organic foods.
The results did not surprise the yourwellness team.
We have long stated that you can get the same variety and amount of nutrients from conventional produce as you can from organic produce.
The rub, however, comes with how they are grown and raised.
What you can say about organic fare is that it is produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and most other chemical compounds commonly used in the production of conventionally grown food.
Unfortunately, residues of those types of chemicals can end up in the food on our plates.
Reason for fear? No, but reason for appropriate caution. Here's how I think it's best to move forward:
- continue to choose conventional produce for the foods you eat intermittently - if you're having carrots tonight, apples tomorrow, and peas the next day you're getting valuable nutrients and, because your diet is varied, your exposure to chemicals is likely very small.
- for the foods you eat frequently, try to choose organic - let's say it's apple season and you are eating plenty of apples - lean organic so as not to get a concentrated effect from the chemicals used in the growing of apples.
- check out the web site www.ewg.org - there you can get an updated list of the foods (the "dirty dozen") typically requiring the use of chemical compounds such as pesticides and those foods where exposure to pesticide residues are unlikely. Lean organic with "dirty dozen" foods when you can.
- always wash your produce, even if it's organic.
You might prefer to buy organic foods because you feel the process of growing them is better for the environment, and that appears to be true.
But strictly speaking, as far as nutritional value goes, conventional produce is just as good for you as organic, and the nutrients they both contain can help support your optimal health. Fresh or frozen options are best, followed by canned goods.
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