Are you always buying all-organic foods? Well, a new study suggests that eating organic may not be doing you any favours when it comes to additional nutrition.
A four-year project looked at 240 other studies covering nutrients in foods as well as potential contaminants like pesticides and found that even though we might pay more for our organic veggies, fruits and meat, they’re no better for us than regular food.
Some of the most notable findings from the study include:
- There wasn’t much of a difference between the vitamin content of A, C and E in organic fruits and veggies compared to conventional produce.
- That while there was more detectable pesticide residue in conventional products compared to organic (38% to 7%), the amount was usually still below the maximum allowed limits in the European Union. Both kinds of produce were found to be susceptible to bacterial contamination.
Consumers pay a premium price for organic food, but the scientists warned that if you’re solely concerned about the health value of your products, there’s no reason to buy organic over conventional. And while many people do like organic products because of how they’re grown (or how the animals are raised and fed in the case of meat and dairy products), a Nielsen study says 76% of shoppers buy organic because they think it’s the healthier choice.
Does this change your opinion on buying organic vs non-organic produce?