Hyped organic food not nutritionally superior


organic-foodOrganic food is the buzz word these days in grocery stores. I am sure most of you have consumed organic food at some point of time.  There is no doubt organic foods are much costlier and can put a strain in your monthly budget, in this tough economy.  Generally, organic food is marketed as much safer, nutritive, and healthier for your body.  In my previous post I presented excerpt from my research on the major differences between organic foods as compared to the conventional food. If getting high nutrition content by consuming organic food is one of your biggest reasons, you might be surprised to know that scientific data does not support that.  Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that there is no significant difference between organic food and conventional food on the basis of nutrition content.


The results of research, which was commissioned by the British Government’s Food Standards Agency, were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 2009.


Alan Dangour, who is working for the London School’s Public Health Intervention Research Unit, said that “Our review indicates there is currently no evidence to support the selection of organic over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority.”


When organic food crops were studied, researchers found no significant differences in nutrient quality between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs. Whereas the differences they  found were attributed to the differences in fertilizer use (nitrogen vs. phosphorus) and the ripeness level at which the crops were harvested. The authors judged that the observed differences were “unlikely” to “provide any health benefit” to consumers. organic-food-question


Even US Department of Agriculture (USDA) doesn’t claim that organic products are safer or more nutritious than conventional products.


Here are few tips to protect you from “non-organic” pesticides produce:

As per Nutritionist Joy Bauer, these are simple but effective tips that can save you from the exposure of pesticides and save high amount of money:


  • food-washBuy fresh vegetables and fruits in...

    season.  When long storage and long-distance shipping are not required, fewer pesticides are used.
  • Trim tops and the very outer portions of celery, lettuce, cabbages, and other leafy vegetables that may contain the bulk of pesticide residues.
  • Peel and cook when appropriate, even though some nutrients and fiber are lost in the process.
  • Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. This would limit exposure to any one type of pesticide residue. I would emphasize again that you should wash the fruits thoroughly and peel the skin if needed. organic-food-ad
  • Purchase only fruits and vegetables that are subjected to USDA regulations. Produce imported from other countries is not grown under the same regulations as enforced by the USDA. Examples are strawberries and cantaloupes from Mexico.
  • Trim the fat from meat, and fat and skin from poultry and fish. Residues of some pesticides concentrate in animal fat.


There is no way I am suggesting that the pesticides present on the conventional foods are good for your health.  Generally, the amount of pesticides in conventional foods is below the recommended level and is safe for the body.  But in any case be cautious and consider thorough washing, which can reduce or eliminate the effect of pesticides. The message I would like to drive home is, just do not go blind into buying of organic food, as it is marketed as the most healthy food on the planet.  Scientific studies do not support the big promises made by the organic food producers. You should question yourself, is it actually worth to pay 50% or sometimes more – for organic food over conventional products, given the fact that both adhere to specific standards regulated by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  If you like organic foods for other reasons, like they taste better, I would say go for it, as there is much more to a food than its nutritive content.  I think more aware we are of the facts, better decisions we can make.  I would encourage my readers to share your views on organic food, which can help all of us and can lead to a healthier community.


Healthy Eating!



6 Responses

  1. MightyGrow in Alabama says:

    I agree with the author, but the story leaves MUCH unsaid. It is true that “conventional” organic fruits and vegetables are not always more nutritious than conventionally grown fruits and veggies. In fact conventionally grown produce can be MORE nutritious than organically grown.

    The issue is that “organic” is more about what NOT to do than what TO do.

    What is the answer? Simple! Build the soil! Build the soil’s organic matter which supports the life IN the soil. Most importantly, balance the soil’s mineral content to optimum levels. Minerals = nutrition. Plants remove minerals from the soil and use them to reproduce themselves. That is the part of the plant that is usually consumed.

    Increase the soils organic matter, increase the soils energy in the form of green manure of cover crops being tilled into the soil and balance the soil’s minerals. A simple recipe for healthy planet, healthy plants and healthy humans.

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