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Organic Foods May Be Safer To Eat, But Not More Nutritious – Study

September 4, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Organically grown food may be safer – limiting a person’s exposure to chemical fertilizers and pesticides – but it is not really healthier than conventionally grown foods, a U.S. analysis of more than 200 studies has found. The researchers could find no real differences between organic and conventional food in terms of nutritional content. But organic food was 30 percent less likely to contain pesticides. Some of the studies reported that organic milk contained more omega-3 fatty acids, and some reported that organic foods contained more nitrogen, probably because of differences in fertilizer use. Extra nitrogen is unlikely to confer any health benefit, however.
Crystal Smith-Spangler et al., "Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier Than Conventional Alternatives?: A Systematic Review", Annals of Internal Medicine, September 04, 2012, © The American College of Physicians
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