It seems that newspapers, reporters and Internet blogs (like this one!) are paying a lot of attention to the results of a recently published study about organic produce. Let's work together to clarify the message.
In the study researchers found that the nutrient content of foods grown in conventional ways were essentially the same as those grown organically. While some studies have suggested that organic produce offers more in the way of healthy nutrients, the majority of research has not supported that stance.
However, there is no arguing the fact that organically grown produce are exposed to fewer or no chemicals.
Thus, one of the main reasons to consider organic produce is if you are concerned about remnants of chemicals in food. In general, our food supply is pretty clean, but the organic standard takes that level of confidence up a notch. In addition, organic means of growing are healthier for the environment.
Thus, you might consider choosing organic varieties of the fruits and vegetables you eat most often, and otherwise choose conventional varieties.
You'll get just as many healthy nutrients from conventionally grown fruits and vegetables as you will from organic produce. If you're concerned about possible chemical residues lean organic, but be sure to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables every day (and wash them well, even they're organic)!
I hope this helps clear up any confusion about organic food.
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