I always eat organic. Based on everything I had ever read, it was the healthier way to go—better for me and for the planet. But according to a new report, organic food is no healthier than ordinary food.
Independent researchers in Britain analyzed more than 160 studies about the health benefits of eating organic and concluded that while there were a small number of nutritional differences between organic and conventionally produced food, those difference weren't large enough to be of any public health relevance.
Overall the report, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found no differences in most nutrients in organically or conventionally grown crops, including in vitamin C, calcium, and iron. The same was true for studies looking at meat, dairy and eggs.
The researchers did not examine pesticides or the environmental impact of organic farming versus conventional farming.
Despite all this, I think I'm going to stick with organic. It's really the health detriments of conventional food (pesticides) that worry me, not whether I'm getting more nutrients from organic or not.
What about you? Do you eat organic? Does this study make you reconsider?