When you move around in the supermarket, you would have faced a lot of dilemma about what is good and what is not and the answer differs from person to person.
Coming to organic- which sounds healthy , may not be always healthy as you think as per researchers opinion. Many studies have proved that organic food is some times not the right choice as you think.
The organic food industry had the estimated growth of was almost 10% a year; But coming to the economics In March, a Consumer Reports analysis found that, on average, organic food is 47% more expensive than regular food. It means that organic farming has become more profitable than regular farming.
How is Organic food and your health related?
There is very little or nil scientific evidence that organic food can be good for your health compared to the basic.
“There’s a definite lack of evidence,” says researcher Crystal Smith-Spangler at Stanford University School of Medicine, especially when it comes to studies of people.
A 2009 meta-analysis done has proved no significant nutrient difference in organic versus conventional foods. they came up with similar results.
A research study done in 2012 found higher phosphorus levels in the organic produce,
In 2014 study found higher antioxidant levels and lower cadmium levels in organic food.
Though these last two difference sounds to be in positive side of the organic, but the differences weren’t spectacular, and certainly don’t justify the price difference.
IA Stanford team analyzed about 240 studies:17 comparing populations consuming organic and conventional diets, and 223 studies that compared either the nutrient levels or the bacterial, fungal or pesticide contamination of various products (fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, milk, poultry, and eggs) grown organically and conventionally.
They report little significant difference in health benefits between organic and conventional foods, as well as no consistent differences in the vitamin content of organic products.
In fact, only one nutrient (again, phosphorous) was significantly higher in organic versus conventionally grown products
“Some believe that organic food is always healthier and more nutritious,” said Crystal Smith-Spangler, MD, MS, an instructor in the school’s Division of General Medical Disciplines and a physician-investigator at VA Palo Alto Health Care System, who is also an instructor of medicine at the School of Medicine. “We were a little surprised that we didn’t find that.” It’s important to note that the research wasn’t funded by any company with an interest in organic or regular agriculture. As a matter of fact, the authors went on to underline the other benefits of organic farming – environmental and animal welfare benefits. “Our goal was to shed light on what the evidence is,” said Smith-Spangler. “This is information that people can use to make their own decisions based on their level of concern about pesticides, their budget and other considerations.”
How Organic foods and the environment related ?
The most said advantage of the organic food is environmental friendly as they don’t have any chemical pesticides, but researchers doesn’t support that.
A 2010 study found that some organic pesticides can worsen the environment compared to the conventional ones.can actually have a worse environmental impacts than conventional ones.
The common reason why we buy organic food is that they are devoid of pesticides.
It is said that in some cases, more pesticides have to be used (organic pesticides, but still pesticides) — and the difference between organic pesticides and regular pesticides is not that big.
In fact, it’s the fact that organic pesticides come from natural sources, and are not processed, but they sometimes contain the exact same substances as regular pesticides.
It is not said that all organic foods are bad and that doesn’t mean that the higher the cost the more the quality. It is a myth some times. Keep in mind that just because something is branded as healthy and eco-friendly doesn’t make it so. Keep an open mind and constantly challenge your beliefs with scientific evidence and facts.
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