Is Organic Food Better For You?
Just because something is organic doesn’t automatically mean it’s healthy – like organic refined sugar and even organic deep-fried pork rinds, for example! But is organic food more nutritious? This question has been the source of a lot of discussion in the past few years…and we’re feeling pretty optimistic about some of the new research.
We think it might be.
Think of how the nutrient density of a strawberry, for example, might be affected by its growth cycle using organic farming methods. Researchers at Washington State University found that when a strawberry plant gets to grow without persistent pesticides – it produces certain phytochemicals to help do its own pest control. And new studies are finding that those chemicals may enhance the nutritional profile of the plant.
But wait, there’s more! These are also the same substances that are responsible for aromas and flavors, and there’s a strong suggestion that organic plants are healthier, and taste better, because they’re allowed to thrive without the chemical burden and do what they do as plants. There's lots more research to be done – but we’re excited about the prospects! See more about the strawberry study by Washington State University.
One of the organizations leading the research is The Organic Center, which is dedicated to advancing and communicating evidence-based research on organic agriculture. They’ve looked at some of the differences between organic and conventional that have been discovered so far. From the hundreds of studies, they identified 236 scientifically valid “matched pairs” of organic and conventional foods, and found the organic foods were nutritionally superior in 67% of the cases, vs. 37% for conventional. Read more about their study here.