Study Shows Organic Foods Are Not Much Healthier

According to a recent study at Standford University, organic foods are not much healthier

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People who often cite their loyalty to organic products — which are significantly priced higher than other foods — as being a healthier option are wrong. Stanford University doctors dug through reams of research to find out — and concluded there’s little evidence that going organic is much healthier, citing only a few differences involving pesticides and antibiotics. The study was conducted after numerous patients asked them if eating organic products was the healthier food option.

I was absolutely surprised,” said Dr. Dena Bravata, a senior research affiliate at Stanford and long-time internist who began the analysis because so many of her patients asked if they should switch. Dr. Bravata stressed that there are many reasons why someone might choose organic foods over conventional foods, but when it comes to individual health, there isn’t much difference between the two. Eating organic fruits and vegetables can lower exposure to pesticides by 30%, including for children — but the amount measured from conventionally grown produce was within safety limits, the researchers reported Monday. The organic food failed to  prove more nutritious. The one notable difference that Dr. Bravata’s team discovered is organic foods proved to be more resistant to antibiotic-resistant germs than conventional products; however, the bacterial contamination of food are the same whether or not the product is organic. During their testing, the researchers found that bacteria in non-organic chicken or pork had a 33% higher risk of being resistant to multiple antibiotics. The report was released on Monday in the journal of Annals of Internal Medicine.

Organic foods account for 4.2% of retail food sales, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It certifies products as organic if they meet certain requirements including being produced without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, or routine use of antibiotics or growth hormones. Consumers can pay a lot more for some organic products but demand is rising: Organic foods accounted for $31.4 billion sales last year, according to a recent Obama administration report. That’s up from $3.6 billion in 1997.

 

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13 Responses to Study Shows Organic Foods Are Not Much Healthier

  1. Mrsbrown September 5, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    If anyone believes this hogwash the media is trying to put out there they’re unfortunate.. Let me assure everyone this is simply the media trying to as always mislead people because they wnt to continue shoving genetically modified food down people’s throat!!!!!!!!! PLEASE BE WISE PEOPLE..

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  2. Derrick September 5, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    The BEST food, vegetables and fruits to buy are from the Amish folks!!! Organic food is not ‘organic’ anymore; or never has been!

    The F.D.A. [Food & Death Administration] is putting all kinds of chemi(kills) in our foods, and food from Canada ARE NOT EVEN CHECKED!!! We don’t know what we are eating, this is why I soak ALL of my meats in water, vinegar and milk OVERNIGHT, which draws the blood out of these animals.

    ALL dis-eases are caught through the blood! When the blood is tainted in an animal, that means your blood will be tainted from eating that meat! This is why I don’t OVERstand, why caucasoids can eat RARE STEAK with blood running out of it, BUT are healthier than us? SOMETHING AIN’T RIGHT!

    The F.D.A. is using the media, so big government can take over the food supply, which means farmers will not be able to raise their own food supply!!! I heard 3 years ago, that farmers will not be able to buy seeds to grow their vegetables, and from t he looks of thing; time is running out!

    All of these man-made hurricanes and storms are destroying the land, cattle and crops, to put farmers out of work, so the government can take over. Who does these people have to turn to, when their property is ruined…the government!!!!

    THE THIRD EYE IS OPEN!!!

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  3. Eileena September 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I”m not buying it. I can only speak for myself. I feel much better eating organic food and it is not all in my head. God’s food unprocessed is better for you and without the bug spray being absorbed into it. That bug spray kills living organisms. Aren’t our cells living organisms? This is not rocket science.

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  4. CoCo September 7, 2012 at 12:54 am

    ummmm I never thought there was a question about nutritional value I was always seeking a more naturally grown product free of harmful pesticides!!!!

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  5. Val Desorbo June 30, 2013 at 8:26 am

    armers who grow organic produce and meat don’t use conventional methods to fertilize, control weeds or prevent livestock disease. For example, rather than using chemical weedkillers, organic farmers may conduct more sophisticated crop rotations and spread mulch or manure to keep weeds at bay. ,;`:

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