Posted on 09/11/2012
Organic food is everywhere these days. If you can think of it, it is offered in organic. With the popularity of organic food, it seems the prices would go down but they haven't. Shouldn't organic cost less? They don't use pesticides. However, I know that there's less land used so with less space to grow it, the output is less and the price goes up.
With the increase of organic food to an ever-growing industry accounting for $31.4 billion sales last year, I know many wonder if it is healthier for them. Researchers at Stanford University were wondering it too. So, they decided to find out: Is eating organic food, which costs more, really better for me? The results were somewhat shocking to not only the researchers, but also the average person who was under the impression that it must be superior because it costs more. Think again.
There's little evidence that eating organic is healthier, citing only a few differences involving pesticides and antibiotics. Eating organic fruits and vegetables can lower exposure to pesticides, including for children -- but the amount measured from regular or so-called conventionally grown produce was within safe limits, researchers reported.
Thinking organic is actually healthier? Researchers proved it is no more nutritious either. Researchers were surprised by the findings that it's not much different.
With organic food accounting for only 4.2 percent of retail food sales, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It certifies products as organic if they meet certain requirements including being produced without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, or routine use of antibiotics or growth hormones.
So, at the end of the day...if you are buying organic food for the health benefits, you may just be wasting your money. That has been my opinion on the subject for a very long time. If you can and choose to buy organic, great, but for improving your health, a healthy, balanced diet is much more important in the end.
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