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It’s a Fact: Organic Food Really IS Healthier
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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