It’s a Fact: Organic Food Really IS Healthier

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A hot topic of debate that has been around for a long time is whether or not organic foods are healthier and are they worth the extra money or not? This argument goes around and around and has for many years but the answer might finally be here.

Stanford University conducted a meta-analysis two years ago which took a look at 240 studies that compared organically grown foods and conventionally grown foods. Also, in order to try to clarify the findings of the Stanford study completed in 2012, a group of scientists in Europe evaluated an even larger number of studies, 343, that had been published during the past few decades.

Exactly like the Stanford study, this new analysis showed that although organic and conventional vegetables very often have the same levels of nutrients, organic foods have much fewer pesticide residues. On average, organic vegetables also have a 48 percent lower level of cadmium. Cadmium is a toxic metal and very well-known carcinogen.

There was one important nutritional difference between organic and conventionally grown produce, however, the antioxidant level. This study showed that organic produce can have between 18 to 69 percent more antioxidants than conventionally grown produce.

Antioxidants in produce have been linked to having a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, chronic disease, and certain cancers. It was also found that certain pesticide residue was found to be as much as four times higher in conventional produce than in organic produce.

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  1. Stephen Jones

    Nov 13, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Nice article guys. It is vitally important that all GMO foods are labeled.

    • James R.

      Nov 15, 2014 at 2:21 am

      I do not believe they should be labeled….I believe they should never be made in the first place…
      with as much food as is produced here in America, there is no need for GMO foods…
      It just all boils down to a greedy, self centered corporate america that could care less about its people & cares more for the all mighty U.S. Dollar.

  2. James R.

    Nov 15, 2014 at 2:17 am

    and they spent how many MILLIONS of dollars on this study?
    Millions of dollars that could have been spent on the homeless & those that have no food to eat….

    Think about it. You take every day foods that anyone can grow in their garden….
    when you leave out the pesticides, that 1 thing in and of itself, is enough to make the foods healthier.
    This isn’t rocket science, it’s just plain common sense…

    I know, there are those that are majorly lacking in that dept.

    but seriously, everyone with half a brain knows that pesticides are bad for you….

    • Kathleen Boyle

      Nov 23, 2014 at 12:43 am

      Bad? It’s deadly and so are the toxins in the food, I for one am glad they do these studies, although I don’t believe it cost millions, you’re not sick yet so it’s not a reality, I was the same way, now it’s to late for me…No one wants to believe how cruel and greedy people can be, but if you know how to love, make sure you do your homework to keep loved ones alive and well :]