What’s the lowdown on Organic foods?
Apart from being more expensive is there any health properties that make Organic foods a priority over normal foods? It seems the science to back up the statement that Organic foods are better for you doesn’t seem to be based on a huge amount of fact.
Studies that examined clinical outcomes of eczema, wheeze, atopic sensitization (Allergy Sensitivity) or symptomatic Campylobacter infection (diarrhea) found no significant difference between those that had organic or non-organic foods.
On top of that no significant differences in biomarkers or nutrient levels in serum, urine, breast milk, and semen in adults was found. Smith-Spangler et al. (2012)
So why the hype?
Well organic foods were however found to have 30% lower pesticide residues than conventional foods – Dangour et al. (2010)
• Significantly lower urinary pesticide levels in organic consumers
• Should be noted that levels in both organic and non-organic foods were within allowable safety limits
Organic chicken and pork were also about a third less likely to contain antibiotic-resistant bacteria than conventionally raised chicken and pork
• However, the bacteria that cause food poisoning were equally present in both types of foods
So in all honestly it comes to your own individual situation and choices. If you don’t mind spending extra money on it then all good. Food companies and clever marketing have seemingly overplayed the benefits of going organic and whilst there are studies to show lower levels of pesticides in organic food, there is no evidence to suggest organic contains more nutrients or that non-organic has a negative effect.