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Experts Debate Whether Organic Food Is Better For You

July 27, 2010: 07:17 AM EST
With sales around $14 billion and growth over 20% annually since 1990, organic is the fastest growing segment in the food industry. But while many consumers believe organic good delivers health benefits there are few conclusive studies showing this to be true. Some researchers believe organic and nonorganic foods are equivalent while some studies indicate organic foods show elevated nutritional content. Consumer must navigate confusing labeling categories – ‘100 Percent Organic’, ‘Organic’ and ‘Made With Organic Ingredients’ – and rules that allow products to be labeled ‘organic’ even if they contain up to 30% non-organic ingredients. To diminish the harmful potential of conventionally grown foods experts advise choosing thicker-skinned fruits and vegetables and washing them, as well as sanitizing hands, cutting boards and counters.
Constance Young and Marci A. Landsmann, "Does Organic Offer Nutritional Benefits? Experts discuss nutritional differences between conventional and organic.", Advance for Nurse Practitioners, July 27, 2010, © Merion Publications
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