It's not just a fad – organic food is better for you

Following up on an previously posted item via the Daily Post: “Grow your own veg for a healthy life” – an article in the Independent that also talks about organically grown food being good for you:

It’s not just a fad – organic food is better for you, say scientists
By Ian Herbert
Published: 03 April 2007

New evidence has emerged showing that organic food does contain nutrients that deliver health benefits, contrary to the view put forward earlier this year by David Miliband, who said it was only a “lifestyle choice”.

Scientists in Britain, France and Poland examined organic carrots, apples, peaches and potatoes and discovered that they have greater concentrations of vitamin C and chemicals that protect against heart attacks and cancer than non-organic produce. The research could challenge official government guidelines which suggest there is no evidence of organic food being healthier than conventional produce. That led to the assertion by Mr Miliband, the Environment Secretary, which he later qualified by saying that he ate organic food both because of its taste and the environmental benefits.

The new studies found that organic tomatoes had more vitamin C, beta-carotene and flavonoids, which are known to help against cancer and heart disease, though they also had less lycopene, which is thought to help prevent skin ageing, diabetes and osteoporosis. Organic apple puree was found to contain more phenols, flavonoids and vitamin C than non-organic versions.

“This research shows there are benefits,” said Dr Kirsten Brandt of Newcastle University, which led the research. “The reason why it’s such a grey area is because it’s extremely difficult to measure the health benefit in any food, but we can say that if you eat 400g of fruit and vegetables per day you would get 20 per cent more nutrients in organic food.”

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2 thoughts on “It's not just a fad – organic food is better for you

  • 23rd April 2007 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. While older studies compared only the basic components of food, such as protein, carbs and vitamins, these newer studies are reinforcing the true benefit of organic foods. It appears that many of the cancer-fighting phytochemicals in foods we eat are produced as part of the plants immune system. By protecting plants from infections with pesticides, we are actually protecting them from manufacturing these cancer-fighters. One study done on rats was very interesting. One group of rats was fed conventionally grown, and the other….< SNIP ! >

  • 23rd April 2007 at 5:31 pm

    Sorry Dr. Eldridge.
    We were with you until you mentioned the part about the experimentation on rats…
    Plus the comment looked more like a bit of self promotion for your book rather than a comment on organically grown vegetables.
    I do agree on your ending comment that we should consider ourselves at least as important as rats, but we still shouldn’t experiment on them, even if they are rats they are still animals.

    (If anybody wants to read her full original comment contact me)


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