Organic food ‘not healthier’, say experts

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  • Research finds organic goods contain the same amount of nutrition as conventionally farmed counterparts

    Organic foods provide exactly the same nutritional benefit as non-organic, according to new research.

    And although organic fruit and vegetables are 30% less likely to contain pesticide residue, there is no guarantee that they are 100% free of chemicals.

    The findings were part of a review of 237 research studies by Stanford University. It was found that organic fruit and vegetables contained similar amounts of vitamins, and in milk, the same amount of protein and fat as standard goods. Organic milk however did contain more omega-3.

    Senior author Dr Bravata said, ‘There isn’t much difference between organic and conventional foods, if you’re an adult and making a decision based solely on your health.’

    Organic food, which is famously known for not allowing genetically modified ingredients, is seen as a more ‘natural’ and chemical free approach to food and usually carries a much higher price tag than their conventional counterparts.

    And it may not even be better for the environment. Further research from Oxford University found that in organic fruit and vegetables, there were higher greenhouse gas emissions than conventionally farmed counterparts. Organic beef and olives however produced lower emissions.

    Professor Alan Dangour, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who carried out that work, said, ‘Consumers select organic foods for a variety of reasons, however this latest review identifies that at present there are no convincing differences between organic and conventional foods in nutrient content or health benefits.

    Do you buy organic goods? Will this newfound research change the way you shop? Let us know in the comment box below.

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