The organic and conventional food camps have another new study to argue over. This one is published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:
A “disappointingly small” number of well-designed studies have looked at whether organic foods may have health benefits beyond their conventional counterparts’ … Those trials showed no strong evidence that organic eating boosted antioxidant activity…. read more…
What are the facts, in one line? Not enough evidence, mostly as a result of not enough research.
What are the headlines we’ll be seeing: Organic is not healthier for you.
What you need to know: The reason people go for organic food has very little to do with the existence of more nutrients:
- For many consumers, it’s the fear of the negative health effects of pesticides, herbicides, hormones, and genetic modification that drives them to organic.
- Eco-conscious shoppers are concerned about the sustainability factor – organic farming methods help protect the environment and guarantee that next generations can enjoy clean air, clean water, and less poisonous chemicals wherever they go. Which brings us back to point number 1.
- Taste – If you’ve bitten into a vine ripened heirloom tomato, chewed on a meat cut from a grass fed organically grown animal, or lightly salted a hard boiled organic egg with an intensely orange yolk, you know it’s hard to compare to the conventional fare sold at half price in the supermarket.
So whether future studies refute or prove the nutrition benefits of organics, there are plenty of existing reasons to opt in today. Especially if you can afford the price differential.