Just how beneficial is eating organic food for you compared to conventional food? A new study reviewing 343 scientific cases of eating organic foods now gives us the most definitive answer.
The conventional skeptic believes that the only difference between organic and conventional foods, other than the price tag, are the legal amounts of pesticides you can use in order to maintain the label “organic.”
It may come as a surprise to some, but eating organic foods, vegetables specifically, is indeed much healthier than eating “non-organic,” but the difference is actually more significant than most realize.
Here are the highlights from the study:
- The most important difference between organic and conventional is the higher amount of antioxidants, about 20 to 40 percent more, in organic foods, which help the body combat certain diseases and cancers.
- According to the article, the price per serving difference between organic and conventional foods isn’t that different. True, it is more expensive to buy organic, but because of the higher amounts of nutrients, you can get away with buying less servings for the same nutritional value.
- While we know that organic also means less pesticides, we may not know exactly how damaging pesticides are for us, especially for men when it comes to sperm quality. Organic foods contain 10 to even 100 times less levels of pesticides than conventional foods.
- Researchers also found that organic foods contain lower levels of cadmium (found in cigarette smoke) and nitrogen, both of which are harmful to the human body. It is speculated that pesticides in conventional foods increases the uptake of heavy metals in crops.
So if this research doesn’t convince you to eat organic, perhaps the added study that proves eating organic is better for the environment will. It’s time you enjoy happy eating and good health.