Many people (and industries) have worked very hard to convince the public that conventional produce is just as good for you as organic.
And, even many of us who believe in the benefits of organics often “surrender” to conventional fruits and vegetables purely due to the seemingly exorbitant costs of organics.
Recent research, however, may give you a different perspective on the importance and accessibility of organic foods.
Researchers from Newcastle University in England have reviewed and conducted meta-analysis on 343 peer-reviewed scientific studies in an effort to find out if organic foods contained greater nutritional value than conventional foods. The results will probably shock some, but will confirm what many people already knew; organic foods are indeed much healthier for human consumption than ‘conventional’ foods.
So what’s the difference, really?
The most important difference that researchers found was that organic foods contain a much higher amount of antioxidants than conventional crops. Antioxidants prevent oxidation in the body which combats certain diseases and cancers. An Environmental Working Group press release noted that: “consumers who switch to organic fruits, vegetables, and cereals would get 20 to 40 percent more antioxidants. That’s the equivalent of about two extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day, with no increase in caloric intake.”
But what about price?
Shoppers often argue that organic foods are too pricey to purchase for an everyday diet. Well, if they contain more nutrition per serving, then the body would require less servings per meal. Logic indicates that by comparing price based on nutritional value rather than amount, shoppers can spend about the same if not less with organics.
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Read more about this awesome study, including what they found out about the pesticides you’re consuming at Spirit Science And Metaphysics.