Most have noticed a continuing trend as they walk down the aisles of the supermarket – familiar items are starting to proudly display their badges stating that they are all natural and certified organic. We see the advertised nutritional benefits, the marketing and elegant packaging – and then we notice the price tag is often higher than the non-organic alternatives. This leaves us asking ourselves, “Does it really matter if my food was grown organically? Is my extra dollar actually providing me any added benefit?”
This has certainly been a debated topic over the past decades, however a recent meta-analysis conducted by European scientists and published in the British Journal of Nutrition analyzed more than 340 peer-reviewed scholarly articles and came to the conclusion that yes, organic really does matter. This is the largest and most recent study of its kind ever completed and provides new evidence that foods grown organically do offer advantages over non-organic foods.
The most significant findings were that organically grown foods contained much higher concentrations of the types of antioxidants known to provide potent health benefits such as bioflavonoids, carotenoids and polyphenolic compounds including hydroxytyrosol from the olive. These are the compounds that are now being recognized for their effects against cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative disorders, aging, and many more disease states. Organically grown foods also contained far fewer harmful heavy metals, pesticides, and other toxins that have been linked to numerous conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.
There have been a couple of publications from several years ago indicating that there is no difference when foods are grown organically. However, this most recent study points out several reasons why the studies may have had different results. First of all, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of published studies on the subject since the previous reviews were conducted. There have been significant improvements in the quality of more recent studies compared to those included in previous reviews with more considerations giving to soil quality, use of organic or synthetic fertilizers, and the types of nutrients that are being measured. Second, those studies looked at a much narrower scope of nutrient content, often focusing on things like protein, sugars, and selective vitamins. This means they were not addressing the phytonutrients that impart many of the added health benefits of fresh organic produce.
Did you know?
An interesting fact about some of the healing antioxidants found in plants is that the plants produce
them naturally as a defense against insects, fungi, and bacteria. Studies determined that when plants are exposed to synthetic pesticides, they produce fewer of these natural protective compounds. This is one theory behind the higher antioxidant content found in organically grown produce. Another interesting study even showed that plants produce more of these protective compounds when they “hear” distinct vibrations caused by insects chewing on leaves.
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