Organics are Cleaner, but Better?

strwhiPeople that buy organic will tell you, organic fruits and vegetables taste better—they’re right, they do—and clearly, these folks are willing to pay the extra cost, which can be as high as two to three times the price of conventional stuff.

But many organic foodies claim organic produce is more nutritious. On that, the jury is still out.

Some experts say there isn’t enough research to support the notion, but do acknowledge buying organic is more environmentally friendly.

Overall, the decision to go organic comes down to preference and—especially these days—budget, but an important thing to remember is not to over stress. If you can’t find organic don’t let it stop you from eating fruits and vegetables.

For reference, here’s list of the most contaminated fruits and vegetables, via the Environmental Working Group: apples, celery, cherries, imported grapes, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, pears, strawberries and sweet bell peppers.

What a bummer! I love peaches. But here’s tip. A doctor friend of mine said quickly dunking peaches in boiling water is a good way to clean them up.

Via Newswise.

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  • Laura  May 27, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    In a study published in March 2008 by The Organic Center, scientific evidence settled the lingering question: “Are organic foods really more nutritious?”

    The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Consider the following:

    Organic plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, grains) contain higher levels of eight of 11 nutrients studied, including significantly greater concentrations of health-promoting polyphenols and antioxidants.

    Organically grown plant-based foods are 25% more nutrient dense, on average, than their conventional food counterparts. That means they deliver more essential nutrients per serving or calorie consumed than conventionally-grown foods.

    Nutrients present in organic foods are “in a more biologically active form,” according to Neal Davies, a professor at Washington State University (WSU) and a co-author of the center’s report.

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