Organic Organic Organic! It’s pretty hard to miss the message being sent in the media these days. ‘Organic is better! Cleaner! EAT ORGANIC’. The market for organics will tell us that people have not only been hear but obey it as the market for organic foods has shown to of increased approximately 240% between 2022-2011! Whoa. Now that’s news! However can we be sure that there is more to this growing message than another rediculous food trend? Research is starting to collect, and we are discovering that there may be much more to this new food value than trendiness.
A recent Meta-analysis study publish by the British Journal of Nutrition, composed of an impressive 343 peer-reviewed publications, set out to evaluate the food benefits of organically grown produce. The study was primarily focused on assessing the varying levels of antioxidants and vitamins as well as pesticide residues in organic foods compared to non-organic ‘conventional’ foods. The studies utilized were collected from many global regions, such as: Italy, Spain, Poland, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Turkey, Denmark, Finland and Germany, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the U.S. After a thorough statistical analysis, which involved a team of at least 18 experienced scientists, the most compelling findings of the study were as follows.
- Both weighted and unweighted meta-analyses detected a significantly higher antioxidant activity in organic crops
- Both unweighted and weighted meta-analyses detected significantly higher concentrations of total carbohydrates and significantly lower concentrations of proteins, amino acids and fiber in organic crops vs. crop-based compound foods
- Both weighted and unweighted meta-analyses detected significantly lower concentrations of the toxic metals Cd and total Nitrogen in organic crops..”
- The standard meta-analyses showed that the frequency of occurrence of detectable pesticide residues was 4x higher in conventional crops (46 (95% CI 38, 55)%) than in organic crops (11 (95% CI 7, 14)%)
Overall the results of this 343 peer-reviewed meta-analysis study confirmed that organic crops and processed crop-based foods can be scientifically shown to have a higher antioxidant activity, as well as higher concentrations of a wide range of nutritionally desirable antioxidants/(poly)phenolics when compared to ‘conventionally’ grown/non-organic food products. This is good news! Furthermore, organic crops were shown to have lower concentrations of the potentially harmful and toxic metals, such as the metal Cadmium, found in many non-organic pesticides.
Of course there is always room for more research, but this impressive study lends great confidence to the hope that buying organics can be a tool for helping to keep your life and diet rid of unnecessary and at times damaging toxins. Maybe we ought to listen to that growing choir of voices..after all! “ORGANIC ORGANIC ORGANIC! Better! Cleaner! **EAT ORGANIC”.