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Research Questions Organic Foods For The First Time

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Organic 1You have been taught to trust the organic method of growing foods. You trust the organic food stores blindly and pay through your nose to put together a meal made with organic ingredients. Therefore, when you come across a study that questions the health benefits of organic foods, you are bound to be worried. You will even question your own belief regarding the organic food items. However, before you reach any conclusion, read through the blog to know more about it.



Not Really Good For Health

Yes! That is what the study says about the organic foods. In fact, it is not just one study, but an amalgamation of hundreds of smaller studies, conducted on a wide variety of organic food items, which point out the fact that organic foods don’t necessarily contain more vitamins or nutrients as compared to non-organic foods. The researchers also did not find any evidence to support the claim that those who eat organic diets are healthier than those who don't. The study results are enough to rattle the beliefs cultivated over the time in support of organic foods.



The Studies

The sum of the study, published in the "Annals of Internal Medicine", is based on hundreds of studies, conducted on food items like organic milk, eggs, meats to their non-organic counterparts. The studies took into stock the amount of nutrients in organic as well as non-organic foods. Besides, the level of contaminants was also measured to arrive at the final conclusion. Some of the studies also researched into the health details of organic eaters versus non-organic eaters.



The Comparison Organic 2

For starters, one of the reviews showed that the producers of organic meats boasted that it is less likely to store "superbug" bacteria. This bacteria is resistant to antibiotics treatment. The researchers said that people suffer from antibiotic-resistant infections because of misuse of antibiotics, not because of contaminated foods. So, eating just organic foods was not of much use in this case. For instance, the researchers found that the protein or fat content of organic and non-organic milk did not differ much. The organic produce, however, showed significant different only in one nutrient, phosphorous. The next case taken up was that of presence of pesticides in fruits and vegetables. In this regard, it was found that organic fruits and vegetables contained 30% less pesticides than the non-organic ones. However, the safety limits set by the FDA with regard to pesticides already have a wide margin, the presence of pesticides in fruits and vegetables of the non-organic variety is inconsequential.



Why People Choose Organic Food

It is obvious that most of the people are not aware of the fact that non-organic food is not that less advantaged than organic food. Researcher Crystal Smith-Spangler, MD, explains, "There are many different reasons why people choose organic. They may be concerned about animal welfare or the environment. They may do it for taste. I didn't find that nutrition is a major reason to choose organic foods." The experts in the field of nutrition are happy with the research, which, they say, is a means to dispel myths surrounding organic fruits and vegetables. These experts want people to focus more on eating fresh, rather than organic. One such expert says, "When we're talking about organic, it's really the process, not the product. The process of organic farming is different than conventional farming, but that doesn't mean that the food is bad or unsafe."



Organic 3Not Everyone Is Happy

However, to think that the study would appease everybody would be immature. There are people who have built a career out of making organic food popular and they are not going to give up so easily. It is these experts who have termed the research misleading. Charles Benbrook, PhD and a professor of agriculture at the "Washington State University" in Pullman, Washington, D.C., is one such disgruntled man. He complains, "The message the general public is going to get is that there are no health benefits from organic foods so why seek it out? Why pay a slightly higher price? I do think the science and facts support some very significant and important long-term benefits." To support his argument, he points out that a British study had proved last year that organic fruits and vegetables contain 12% more nutrients than non-organic foods.



The purpose of this study is to make you aware of the circumstances surrounding organic and non-organic foods. This research is not meant to persuade you to give up organic foods. After you become aware of all the aspects of this study and its conclusions, you should be better equipped to make a decision regarding whether you want to go organic or not.



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Research Questions Organic Foods For The First Time