Organic (not Conventional) Wins Again
A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition says organic crops have higher levels of antioxidants and up to 4X fewer pesticide residues than conventional crops, making organic a more nutritious and safer option.
Is organic better for you nutritionally?
Yes! And there’s proof. A meta-analysis based on 342 peer reviewed publications on nutritional quality and safety in organic and conventional plant-based foods concluded that’s the case. Findings were recently published in the British Journal of Nutrition, one of the world’s most-respected nutrition journals.
Here are Some of the Details
Compared to conventional crops, organic offers significantly higher levels of antioxidants—between 19 and 69 percent higher.
But why are antioxidants important? Antioxidants fight off free radicals and are associated with decreases in some major health risks, including those associated with cardiovascular, neurological and cellular unhealth. Also, eating organic plants vs. conventional plants can result in a 20 to 40 percent increase in antioxidant intake.
Interestingly, antioxidant reduction in conventional plants is most likely due in part to the “dilution effect”. Here’s what happens: more intensive fertilization and/or irrigation are needed to increase conventional crop yields, while the plants take all that and produce starch and carbohydrates, not up-taking minerals or producing as many vitamins and antioxidants. The result? Higher yields and lower nutrition.
Regarding pesticide levels in organic crops vs. conventional crops, the study showed that conventional crops were four times more likely to contain one or more pesticide residue compared to organic crops. Pesticides can interfere with prenatal development and cause unique health risks—for infants, children and even adults, particularly those with compromised immune systems. Truth be told, research links prenatal and early-life pesticide exposures with risk of autism, ADHD, asthma, food allergies, diabetes, obesity and more. And don’t forget that conventional
plants can contain multiple pesticide residues, with some fruits and veggies containing more than 10.
So, why does organic come out cleaner than conventional concerning pesticide residues? It’s simple, really. Organic certification rules don’t allow for farmers using toxic, synthetic pesticides. If you weren’t convinced already that organic is the way to go, this study’s findings should seal the deal. Organic beats conventional. Choosing foods and products with the Certified USDA Organic seal ensures that strict guidelines have been followed in the way foods are grown, handled and processed—with no prohibited pesticides or GMOs. Click here to learn more about USDA Organic certification.
An Organic Trade Association (OTA) recent survey found 8 out of 10 American families purchase organic products.
Half stated concern for their children’s health drove that decision.
“This study is telling a powerful story of how organic plant-based foods are nutritionally superior and deliver bonafide health benefits.”
Charles Benbrook, Washington State University researcher and co-author of the study paper.
This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.