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No health benefits to organic food

Organics no better for us than regular food, study shows


 

Organic produce has about the same nutritional value—and no proven extra health benefits—when compared to the regular stuff, UK researchers have found. A team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine examined evidence on nutrition and health benefits over the last 50 years; among the 55 of 162 studies that were included in their analysis, a small number of differences cropped up in nutrition between organic and conventionally produced food. However, the differences were not large enough to indicate any public health relevance, study leader Dr. Alan Dangour told the BBC. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study found no differences in nutrients (including vitamin C, calcium, and iron) in these vegetables, meat, dairy or eggs. The differences that were pinpointed (including levels of nitrogen and phosphorus) were probably due to different fertilizers and ripeness at time of harvest, the study said, and are unlikely to provide any health benefit.But Peter Melchett, policy director at the Soil Association, said that more research was needed.

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No health benefits to organic food

  1. I thought the point of eating organic produce was not because it is more nutritious, which is dubious, but because the produce is not exposed to potentially carcinogenic pesticides. Did the study look at the pesticide factor when determining the "health benefits" of produce? Did the study find that pesticides are of little harm, or was that just not a factor in the study. This isn't clear from the article.

  2. Another benefit to eating organic foods is that organic farming is less taxing on the environmnet. Industrial farming causes many problems (such as soil erosion, pesticide runoff into the water system etc.)

  3. There are many misinformed people who are going for organic because they think it is more nutritious and this just isn't true. Yes, there are many other benefits of organic and all-natural products that may lead people to purchase them, but nutrition shouldn't be one of them.

  4. Just more "green" hucksterism perpatrated on gullible fools who also believe in global warming and are going to "save the planet" by buying "organic" food at twice the price while forcing the rest of us to buy "green" electricity at three times the price. God, save us all from these f*****g idiots.

  5. Thanks, agreed with wayne.

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