Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Organic food 'not any healthier'

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By REUTER, 04:45 AM Sep 05, 2012

PHOTO: More than one third of conventional produce had detectable pesticide residues, compared with just 7 per cent of organic produce samples.
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Study shows no difference in amount of vitamins in foods that are produced organically, conventionally

NEW YORK - Organic produce and meat typically is not any better for you than conventional food when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content, although it does generally reduce exposure to pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a study.

Dr Crystal Smith-Spangler and her team of researchers from Stanford University and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care reviewed more than 200 studies that compared either the health of people who ate organic or conventional foods or, more commonly, nutrient and contaminant levels in the foods themselves. The foods included organic and non-organic fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, poultry, eggs and milk.

Many of the studies did not specify their standards for what constituted "organic" food, which can cost as much as twice what conventional food costs, the researchers wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Dr Smith-Spangler and her colleagues found there was no difference in the amount of vitamins in plant or animal products produced organically and conventionally - and the only nutrient difference was slightly more phosphorous in the organic products.

Organic milk and chicken may also contain more omega-3 fatty acids, but that was based on only a few studies.

But there were more significant differences between organic and conventional food, in the amount of pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food.

More than one third of conventional produce had detectable pesticide residues, compared with 7 per cent of organic produce samples. Organic pork and chicken were 33 per cent less likely to carry bacteria resistant to three or more antibiotics than conventionally produced meat.
By REUTER, 04:45 AM Sep 05, 2012

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