Shock research finds organic food isn’t healthier
Scientists have discovered that despite the myth organic food isn’t any healthier or better for our diet than non-organic produce.
The results not only surprised the team from Stanford University, but will also shock parents who buy more expensive organic produce to give their kids the healthiest option possible.
Lead author Dr Crystal Smith-Spangler said: “Some believe that organic food is always healthier and more nutritious. We were a little surprised that we didn't find that. There isn't much difference between organic and conventional foods, if you're an adult and making a decision based solely on your health.”
Dr Smith-Spangler added although there are ethical reasons as to why people might prefer to eat organic food, the main message is that we all need more fruit and vegetables in our diets, no matter how it’s grown.
The research looked at over 240 separate studies and compared levels of nutrients, bacteria and pesticides in various foods including, meat, milk, eggs, fruit and vegetables. The only noticeable difference was that organic produce was 30% less likely to contain pesticides but was not free from all chemicals – which might come as a surprise to people assuming organic food is chemical free.
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