Organic food – less nutritious?!
The Latest Research
The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods. Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Not more nutritious? I was surprised! However after reading a couple of articles I was reminded that organic farmingis more concerned with the environment than with the consumer; a humbling reminder that the world doesn’t revolve around ME. This latest research is a reminder that organic food:
- is better for the environment
- likely to contain less chemical pesticides
- meats are less likely to contain antibiotic-resistant bacteria
- not necessarily going to contain more healthy vitamins
So there are still some good arguments for trying eat organic where possible. The downside of course is price and availability. I expect that many people find it difficult enough to keep a stock of fresh food at home, never mind a stock of organic food. I am also very sure that none of my favourite restaurants insist on organic produce.
What I do
When it comes to meat, I am a bit pickier. I don’t eat lots of red meat but when I do I like to buy from a trusted butcher. In the supermarket I’m more likely to opt for organic or at least free-range poultry. I’m less picky about my fish. Eggs however, I do try to insist on organic.