Let’s celebrate food choices. It’s great that we have the freedom to purchase any type of food we desire. It’s also important to have accurate information in order to make informed food choices.
I recently read a few interesting articles discussing organic food. I’ve included links and quotes for each article.
Organic food better for you? by Dr. Daniel Weiss, Board Certified Endocrinologist and Physician Nutrition Specialist, who writes a blog sharing his thoughts on diabetes, hormones, and nutrition.
“Is organic food better for you? Organic food sure costs more but is it worth the extra cost? Is organic food more nutritious than conventional food? Is organic food safer? Two recent studies addressed these questions. One study published in 2010 asked whether there were nutritional related health outcomes from eating organic foods. They examined over 50 years of studies. They found no evidence of benefit from organic foods as compared to conventional.”
“A study published this year examined the question of safety and nutritional content of organic foods versus conventional foods. This rigorous analysis looked at 223 studies of nutrient and contaminant levels in organic and conventional foods. This more extensive analysis showed no benefit in terms of nutrients in any organic foods.”
Dr. Weiss’ conclusion: “There is no good evidence thus far that organic foods are worth the extra price. I would advise that you have the money and prefer organic foods, for whatever reason, go ahead and buy organic. But don’t feel holier or healthier if you do!”
This is the 2010 study Dr. Weiss refers to in his post:
Nutrition-related health effects of organic foods: a systematic review
Conclusion: “From a systematic review of the currently available published literature, evidence is lacking for nutrition-related health effects that result from the consumption of organically produced foodstuffs.”
A recent study from Stanford University finds organic and traditionally produced foods have the same nutrients. Little evidence of health benefits from organic foods, Stanford study finds by Michelle Brandt
“There isn’t much difference between organic and conventional foods, if you’re an adult and making a decision based solely on your health,” said Dena Bravata, MD, MS, the senior author of a paper comparing the nutrition of organic and non-organic foods, published in the Sept. 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.
I share the above articles not to disparage organic food, but to reassure you traditionally produced food and organic food are the same when it comes to quality, nutrient value and safety. There are thousands of traditional family farmers in this country who produce quality products while caring for their animals and land. We need big farms, small farms, traditional farms, and organic farms, who sell food at large grocery stores, farm markets and road side stands. They all serve a purpose; diverse food choices.
I purchase the majority of my food at the grocery store. I feel good choosing traditionally produced products because I know they are quality products produced by farmers. I also buy products from local farm markets and the roadside stand down the street. It’s great to get ripe, seasonal fruits and vegetables produced locally. I know whether I’m purchasing food from the grocery store or a farm market or our neighbor’s veggie stand, I’m supporting farmers and that’s a good thing.