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Organic or Not

Posted on 10/23/2012

Organic or not is the question. Nobody seems to have a definitive answer if it is superior.

Just a few weeks ago it was in the news that organic fruit and vegetables did not appear to be more nutritional than so-called conventionally grown produce. The consensus was they only cost more money and offered no health benefits. This is and has been my belief for a very long time, and many of you may have heard me talk about it. So, it comes to no surprise to me.

Now it seems the jury is still out if organic is actually better than "regular" food for children. Just yesterday, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a report that the results are inconclusive regarding the health advantages of organic food. More research is needed to determine the answer.

The Academy goes on to say that there is not enough current evidence from eating organic via well-powered human studies to conclude one way or another. The report does cite lower pesticides in organic produce and potentially lower exposure to drug-resistant bacteria, but the needed long-term studies do not exist to show that eating organic makes people healthier.

Organic is big business. Sales of organic food and beverages totaled $29.22 billion in 2011, according to the Organic Trade Association. Organic foods make up 12 percent of all U.S. fruits and vegetable sales, nearly 6 percent of the market for dairy product sales, and only 0.375 percent of meat, fish and poultry sales, according to the trade group.

The report is in the November issue of the journal Pediatrics.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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