Eating organic food can reduce the intake of pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/18/2012 -- Studies show that organic food is no more nutritious than conventionally grown foods.
An organic food nutrition study has left many questions unanswered, as researchers were unable to give consumers “hard facts” about the impact of pesticide contamination on health. There seems little evidence that organic foods are more nutritious than conventionally grown foods according to a recent comprehensive study.
The findings by researchers at Stanford University California have suggested that eating organic foods cannot reduce any likelihood of consuming pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria from the vegetables.
The lead author of the study Crystal Smith-Spangler and her team have looked into 240 published studies on the subject. She was not been able to find any significant information regarding any major benefits or drawbacks in eating the two types of foods.
Smith-Spangler writes in the Annals of Internal Medicine: “Despite the widespread perception organically produced foods are more nutritious than conventional alternatives, we did not find evidence to support this perception.”
“This study is not able to give consumers hard information about the impact of pesticide contamination on health because there are so few human studies available,” she added.
“Based on our results, people who do not wish to have exposure to any pesticide residues may prefer to choose organic foods for that reason. However people understand that there are regulations to ensure the safety of our food supply. Those people may be less concerned because it is unusual to have pesticide residues exceeding our maximum allowed limits.”
It should be noted that there are currently no long-term studies of health outcomes for people consumer organic versus conventional food.
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