August 7, 2015

Organic produce

Is organic food better for you? The truth is finally revealed….

There’s really no question whether growing food organically is better for the environment, but for years it has been a hot topic of debate whether or not organically grown food is better for YOU.

A recent review of 343 different studies shows that it’s time to stop questioning – and start growing and buying organic!

Yes, sometimes it can be pricey (although it doesn’t have to break the bank if you do it right), but if you grow your own, you get the best of both worlds: financial savings along with better health and more delicious food!

Ever since the USDA Organic label began showing up on some food labels in the early 2000s, a debate has raged over whether crops grown without chemical additives and fertilizers rack up more nutrition than their conventional counterparts. Now, a new review of 343 previous studies throws its support behind the pro-organic side. Researchers writing in the British Journal of Nutrition found that organic crops and products made with them…have 17 percent more antioxidants on average…. The research team also reported four times more pesticide residue on non-organic foods, as well as significantly lower amounts of some toxic metals in the organic-grown items.

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“This study demonstrates that choosing food produced according to organic standards can lead to increased intake of nutritionally desirable antioxidants and reduced exposure to toxic heavy metals,” lead author Carlo Leifert…said in the study.

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Still, the authors add that more research needs to be done on whether the boost in antioxidants translates into better health.

In the meantime, …choosing food higher in nutrients and lower in toxic chemicals certainly can’t hurt….

Read the full article at Women’s Health Mag

 

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About the author 

Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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