A recent study shows that organic food can actually be healthier than traditional. According to specialists, produced in a certain way more foods contain valuable nutrients and can therefore be advantageous to the organism.
How organic food is different from the traditional?
It is widely recognized that organic food is healthier than conventional, because of the way in which it is produced. In the case of organic farming does not apply pesticides and chemical fertilizers. In contrast, organic meat is produced without antibiotics or growth hormones. On the other hand, used in crops of organic manure such as manure and compost to enrich the soil with nitrogen. Commonly used they are also non-chemical methods of plant protection, such as crop rotation, mechanical weeding and biological pest control.
It is unclear, however, whether organic food really is better for health than traditional. Some experts have suggested that organic food provides more nutrients. However, in a number of previous studies on this topic have produced conflicting results. For example, in the analysis of the 2009 and 2012 not shown significant differences between the benefits carried by the products of organic and inorganic. However, these analyzes do not take into account the latest research, providing a much wider range of information.
Organic food source of antioxidants
In a recent study conducted by experts at Newcastle University in the UK have been taken into account 343 experiments which compared organic and inorganic foods of plant origin, such as fruit, vegetables and cereals, as well as foods produced from these ingredients. The researchers wanted to determine the differences in the content of vitamins and other nutrients between the two types of food. They looked at the level of harmful substances – eg. Pesticides and heavy metals.
We found that organic food contains a larger amount of antioxidants. These are substances that protect body cells from damage caused by free radicals – molecules that contribute to heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Examples of antioxidants are vitamin C, beta-carotene and flavanones. According to the lead author of the study, Professor. Carlo Leifert, by eating organic foods and products created from it, it is possible to provide the body with such a quantity of antioxidants, which can be found in 1-2 portions of fruit or vegetables.
But it also turned out that the inorganic foods have higher levels of one of the antioxidants – vitamin E. They also provide more protein and fiber. On the other hand, in the diet they had a higher level of inorganic pesticides and harmful metal – cadmium. However, their content was within normal limits.
Is it worth it to switch to an organic diet?
A recent study was much larger than the previous one. It was also carried out with greater caution. However, studies included in the analysis were different from each other. For example, some have focused on specific types of food holding while the other watched a food product available in supermarkets. These differences can make it difficult to draw conclusions uniform, increasing the likelihood of error.
From the last analysis it shows that although organic foods have more antioxidants do not know what it means for human health. The study did not appear that these substances can reduce the risk of disease. So far we know only that such a link is possible.
Compared to the food produced in a conventional manner, organic food may contain smaller amounts of potentially hazardous compounds such as pesticides, and more antioxidants. However, we still do not know how they affect health. So it is too early to recommend the use of an organic diet. Please note that such food can be much more expensive than inorganic. According to prof. Leifert, although the study shows the differences between organic and inorganic crops, should be performed in humans, which would show the real health benefits resulting from a change in diet to organic.
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