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Organic Food is No Healthier Than Regular Food

by Suzanne Murray on August 5, 2009 at 6:54 AM

organic food not healthierI 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?

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  • Capta...


    August 5, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    we don't eat organic because we're on a very tight food budget. i would like to be able to get some organic thing eventually. i have read that somethings aren't important to buy organic, like bananas because they have a thick skin to block the pesticides and you don't eat the skin.

  • toola


    August 5, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    I go organic whenever possible - to be honest, I'm scared of the produce from China that uses heaven knows what chemicals and sometimes even human waste as fertilizer

  • parro...


    August 5, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    who funded the testing?  that's always my question. 

    You can't see cancer in a tomato that is a gmo and has been sprayed with poison pesticides, but the correlation is there~

  • navyma23


    August 5, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    I knew it!

  • auror...


    August 5, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Before people say "I knew it!" they should read the study.  This study is totally bogus and misleading.

    OF COURSE organic and non-organic produce is going to have the same nutritional value.  That's really a big fat DUH, but that is exactly what this study tested. 

    This study didn't show any of the pesticides, chemicals, or bacteria (think POO) that is present on non-organic produce.  So if people want to eat that, they can go right ahead.  I'll keep buying organic.

  • aeneva


    August 5, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    It's not the nutrients that are better for you from organic it is the fact that they don't have all the chemicals on them.  This study is ridiculous because no one I know even remotely thinks that the organic have more nutrietnst in them!!  Somethings do have more chemicals used on them and absorb them more so yest some things are more important to go organic on then others.

  • navyma23


    August 5, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Oh good greif...

  • auror...


    August 5, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    I just seriously don't get why money was even wasted on this study.  Like aeneva said, who on earth thinks that organic produce contains more nutrients?  That's not what eating organic is's about lessening the toxic load that is going into our family's bodies.

  • Agent...


    August 5, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    we dont eat organic anyways,  so this doesnt change my mind about anything.

  • sarah...


    August 5, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    This is beyond ridiculous- it's about the pesticides and additives that are in the food-and the additives are a serious issue- I should know both of my children are allergic to them- and why put something that was sprayed with chemicals in your body? In my opinion it's like the difference in using those terrible and strong cleaning products around your kids- why take that risk- we have enough pollution all arounfd us why add to our bodies and the environment inside our home?


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