Is Organic Food More Nutritious Than Conventional? Large Study Says Yes.

On the heels of media reports declaring that organic food is no more nutritious than conventional produce grown with pesticides, a larger, comprehensive study declares otherwise.

A meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition analyzing 343 studies that compare the nutritional value of organic to conventional produce delivers a pretty convincing verdict: organic produce IS better than food grown with pesticides.

The authors of the study found statistically significant differences between organic and non-organic crops, particularly in antioxidant values. Antioxidants are nutrients that destroy cell-damaging free radicals linked with aging and disease. In addition to higher levels of vitamins and minerals, certain other nutrients such as phenolic acids, flavanones, flavonols, and anthocyanins were 19%, 69%, 50%, and 51% higher in organic produce, respectively.

These compounds have been linked to a reduced risk of many chronic diseases, including heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases and some forms of cancer.

Not only are organic fruits and vegetables more nutritious than conventional produce, researchers found significantly lower levels of the highly-toxic heavy metal cadmium and pesticide residues. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, in animals, chronic ingestion of cadmium causes increased blood pressure, reduced blood flow to the limbs, and especially kidney disease.

According to the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the kidneys are the primary organs targeted by chronic exposure to cadmium. Human studies show that there is a latency period of approximately 10 years after cadmium exposure before the onset of kidney damage, depending on intensity of exposure. Cadmium accumulates in the bones and reduces calcium absorption thereby affecting bone density.

While organic produce can be more expensive than conventional produce, you can save money by growing your own. You can also prioritize produce on the EWG’s “dirty dozen” list to reduce pesticide consumption.

 

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94 comments

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

Even if they weren't more nutritious, they taste much better!

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feather w.
Feather W3 years ago

grow your own veggies..

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Genoveva M M.
Genoveva M M3 years ago

Thanks for sharing

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ERIKA SOMLAI
ERIKA S3 years ago

thank you for sharing

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nathalie moereels

If you don't have the money for organic food, try to sook the vegetables in water (20 min) with a tbs baking soda or (2tbs) with apple vinegar..

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Sue Matheson
Sue M3 years ago

thanks

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Beverly C.
Beverly C3 years ago

....last paragraph--->"Thank God they finally got it fixed yesterday after having to wait since October 23rd...now I'm waiting for the gas company to come check their work and prayerfully reconnect my gas to my furnace. So, you see, there are circumstances in some peoples' lives that prevent them from partaking of the "clean fifteen" or even the "dirty" ones at times. (LOL) Thanks for the information though....noted!

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Beverly C.
Beverly C3 years ago

....while organic may, in fact be better for you, there are those who simply cannot afford that luxury; case in point-->seniors who are on a low fixed income! Sadly, SSA doesn't always pay enough to cover necessities such as housing costs and still cover foods such as these!! However, it's a good thought, at least. I for one, fall into that category of living on less than $14K per year, with well over half of my income each month going directly to my housing; most of the balance of which goes to my utilities, life and car insurances and (I must admit) a little cable programming since I have to have SOME enjoyment during these "alleged" Golden yearsOR aluminum foil; certainly not Gold!! MANY seniors face these kinds of problems in their older years; I recently had a gas leak and had to go to a community run service for help. The outcome was finally good; however, it took almost 3 weeks to get the gas line fixed, which left me living in my mobile home during a bitter period (two 9 degree mornings and 3 13 degree mornings with highs those days not even reaching 20 degrees) with only my electric stove (than God I had THAT) and a small space heater for my bedroom at night. Of course, I couldn't leave my home for any longer than maybe 2 hours max or it would have been like an iceberg upon my return because I will NOT leave a stove OR space heater on during my absence!!

Thank God they finally got it fixed yesterday after having to wait since October 23rd...now I'm wai

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Muff-Anne York-Haley

Organic is always better than eating food sprayed with pesticides!

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Tanya W.
Tanya W3 years ago

Noted thanks

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