11:24 am September 4, 2012, by Fran Jeffries
Is eating organic food safer and more nutritious? I’ve asked myself this question often as I fork over the extra cash for organic fruits, vegetables, grains and meat every week.
The answer is no, according to Stanford University doctors who studied the issue.
They’ve concluded that there is little evidence to back up assertions that eating organic is healthier than eating conventional produce. That, despite the fact that demand for organic food is rising. Last year, we spent $31.4 billion on organic food — up from 3.6 billion in 1997, according to a government report.
The Stanford researchers primarily looked at two issues: the impact of pesticides and food’s nutritional value. They found that the amount of pesticides found in conventionally grown produce was within safety limits set by the federal government. They also concluded that the organic foods weren’t any more nutritious than conventional foods.
“There are many reasons why someone might choose organic foods over conventional foods,” from environmental concerns to taste preferences, one of the Stanford researchers, Dr. Dena Bravata, said. But when it comes to individual health, “there isn’t much difference.”
Does this information surprise you? Do you believe the study? Will you continue to buy organic?
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