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Organic Foods Are Higher in Cancer-Fighting Antioxidants, New Study Shows

Organic Foods Are Higher in Cancer-Fighting Antioxidants, New Study Shows

Foods grown without toxic chemicals aren’t just good for the environment. A new study by Newcastle University in the UK shows that organic foods actually contain more cancer-fighting antioxidants and less toxic residue than foods grown using pesticides, herbicides and insecticides.

The study results, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, reveal that shifting to organic produce, cereals and foods made from organic ingredients would provide so many more antioxidants that it would be like eating between 1-2 extra helpings of fruit and vegetables a day. The study also concluded that four times more pesticide residue was likely to be found on conventionally produced foods than on those grown organically.

Increasing the amount of antioxidants someone consumes has previously been linked to a reduced risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease as well as cancer, but the link between antioxidants and organic food was never particularly clear. This analysis reports unequivocally that the concentration of antioxidants such as polyphenolics and flavanones could be as much as 69% higher in organically-grown crops.

The study found two other important health benefits to eating organic food.

One, organic food reduces a person’s exposure to toxic heavy metals. Levels of cadmium, a metal contaminant that can threaten the kidneys, skeletal system, and respiratory system, were found to be almost 50% lower in organic crops than in those grown conventionally.

Two, concentrations of nitrogen, nitrates, and nitrites were lower in organic crops compared to those treated with toxic agricultural chemicals. Nitrates and nitrites have also been linked to cancer in some studies, so keeping them out of one’s diet makes a lot of sense.

For the increasing number of consumers who prefer a safer, healthier food supply, clearly it makes sense to shift to organic.

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Diane MacEachern is a best-selling author, award-winning entrepreneur and mother of two with a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources and the Environment. Glamour magazine calls her an “eco hero” and she recently won the “Image of the Future Prize” from the World Communications Forum, but she’d rather tell you about the passive solar house she helped design and build way back when most people thought “green” was the color a building was painted, not how it was built. She founded because she’s passionate about inspiring consumers to shift their spending to greener products and services to protect themselves and their families while using their marketplace clout to get companies to clean up their act. Send her an email at


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1:49PM PDT on Sep 11, 2014

quite predictable

7:03AM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Sybil G., "Organic" fruits and veggies are grown with pesticides and herbicides, all of which are as toxic, by weight, if not more so than the "chemical", and since they are far less effective they do tend to more often. None of the 'organic' pesticides etc. are safe to sprinkle directly on your salad either. Also they are all "chemical" their active effective ingredients are chemical, with the exception of the bacterial agents which are retained in the produce. Randi L. not sure just which batch of Kool-Aid you have been drinking but Agent Orange and Napalm are not the same thing, the only thing that they have in common is their being used in war. Agent Orange is a weaponized herbicide that kills plants, Napalm is sticky gasoline that burns with fire. The only known and proven way for Napalm to cause cancer is skin cancer on the burn scars by exposing them to too much sun with out preventive use of sunscreen.

11:18PM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

sometimes organic is the same price, and on occasion it's been cheaper, you have to keep watching the prices closely when you go to the market. That's when I buy the organic stuff.

8:06PM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Makes me wish our local organic
market was year round.

7:18AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Thank you

6:03AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Gardening is rewarding, thank you.

1:53AM PDT on Jul 18, 2014

Thank you for sharing!

8:50PM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

No kidding :)

8:49PM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

Of course, Steve M. is correct. It's the powers that be who have to be convinced, but we know where the money and power lies.

8:08PM PDT on Jul 17, 2014

Interesting article. Thanks for sharing.

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