Are Organic Foods More Nutritious?

Logo_Dave_AppleA short while ago, at one of my nutrition presentations (based on the Real Food Therapy Guide), a participant asked me if organic foods were healthier than non-organic foods.

It appears that while organic foods may offer some advantages (higher levels of phosphorus and antioxidant phenols), they offer no nutritional edge over conventional produce.

This is supported by a Stanford meta-analysis of 237 studies conducted over four decades which concluded that most nutrient levels are not any higher in organic produce or meats.

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Although organic fruits and vegetables had lower pesticide levels, they were not pesticide-free: 7% had detectable pesticide residue, likely from drift, compared to 38% for conventional produce, whose levels were almost always under official safety limits.

Organic produce was no less likely to be contaminated by dangerous bacteria, such as E. coli. Although organic meat had much lower levels of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, scientists noted that these wouldn’t survive proper cooking.

Organic produce did have higher levels of phosphorus and antioxidant phenols, while organic milk was higher in omega-3s. Reviewers acknowledged that people go organic for reasons other than nutrition, adding, “Those are perfectly valid.” – Annals of Internal Medicine

 

About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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