Is Organic Better For You?
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on August 05, 2014 @ 6:48PM
Created on August 05, 2014 @ 5:57PM
Recently, a study was published in the British Journal of Nutrition that said organic fruits and vegetables are more nutritious for you. Despite this information, many dietitians and researchers still say organic is not better for you.
Jim Severino from Davis Medical Center was very confident in saying organic fruits and vegetables do not have more nutrients than regularly grown foods. Most people just see the word organic and think it's better for you, when it's really not.
Studies show organic foods have a higher level of antioxidants but those aren't nutrients. It's proven that you need nutrients to have better health, but there's little evidence showing that more antioxidants will help you live a healthier life. Many people chose organic not because of what's in it, but for how it's grown. Non-organic foods are grown with pesticides, which some people don't like since it can harm the environment. Severino said for the best quality there's only one option.
"Buying locally is what they actually suggest, like at farmer's markets. Most small farmers aren't going to use a lot of pesticides anyway. The take home message is just to buy local and you'll get all the nutrition you really need," said Jim Severino, Registered Dietitian.
Severino said to educate yourself on the positives and negatives of both organic and non-organic foods to make a decision that's best for your lifestyle.
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