Skip to comments.No evidence organic foods benefit health: study
Posted on 05/24/2010 4:24:51 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Consumers who opt for organic foods often believe they are improving their health, but there is currently no strong evidence that organics bring nutrition-related health benefits, a new research review finds.
A "disappointingly small" number of well-designed studies have looked at whether organic foods may have health benefits beyond their conventional counterparts', according to the review, by researchers with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Health in the UK.
Moreover, they found, what studies have been done have largely focused on short-term effects of organic eating -- mainly antioxidant activity in the body -- rather than longer-term health outcomes. And most of the antioxidant studies failed to find differences between organic and conventional diets.
The review, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, adds to findings reported last year by the same research team.
In that study, the researchers combed through 162 articles published in the scientific literature over the last 50 years, and found no evidence that organic and conventional foods differ significantly in their nutrient content.
For the current review, the researchers were able to find only 12 published studies that met their criteria for evaluating the health effects of organic foods.
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Chemicals? What does pasteurization have to do with chemicals? If chemicals are a negative, are pathogens like salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, Brucella species, Campylobacter jejuni, and so on, considered a positive?
I have tasted both in their raw state as well as processed and unless you have a farmer who is feeding the cows something like chives to give the milk a flavor it really does all taste the same.
As good as any plant would be. Plants do produce pesticides naturally you know.
Chemicals? What does pasteurization have to do with chemicals? If chemicals are a negative, are pathogens like salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, Brucella species, Campylobacter jejuni, and so on, considered a positive?The cow's milk unpasteurized from cows fed with food not chemically doused is what I meant to say ... This is a good link on raw milk. My daughter, interestingly, was highly allergic to all dairy (her eyes would puff up), so she stopped with consuming it and took supplements instead, but when we switched over to raw milk, not only can she consume as much as she wants, she says she no longer feels weak with tough workouts (she's a polo player). And I notice a difference in the pool as well. More positive protein; more power!! I heard about raw milk years ago from a friend who would vacation in Ireland. She drank the milk there [unpasteurized] all the time without adverse reactions regarding her allergies.
Bull droppings !!
The decision to eat organic is Not whether the food has more vitamins or nutrition. They should be about the same.
The decision between the two is whether you want your apple With neurotoxic pesticides and herbicides, or Without.
It’s a simple choice, if you don’t like chronic neurological impairment or cancer.
You realize that all food is made up of chemicals, right?
There was a kid I was friends with from the farm next to us as I was growing up whose family ran a small dairy farm. They only drank raw milk. One winter he quit going to school. We learned he had contracted brucellosis. He almost died and we didn't see him for about six months. He was never the same. It ruined his life. Brucella is just one of many very dangerous pathogens you risk whenever you choose to drink raw milk. Children are especially at risk. Infections are rare but they are serious and debilitating when they occur and it's usually the children who are hit the hardest. I never understood why anyone would accept the risk given that pasteurization kills the bugs. To each his own.
To each his own.One of our family members runs an organic farm, and we feel very fortunate to benefit from same ... so, yes, to each his own! :)
It's their money and they can do what they want, but don't force it on me.
And it still doesn’t help your health.
Having raised chickens as a child, I can say you are absolutely correct.
White Rocks and most white feathered chickens lay white eggs.
Rhode Island Reds and Dominickers, among others lay brown eggs.
No surprise then you endorse it, since you have a stake in keeping organics going.
When it comes to another killer like dihydrogen monoxide there should be no smiley face label like....water. :)
I don’t think people are criticizing you for your choice to purchase organic foods. People asre just pointing out that there is nothing inherently better about “organic foods”.
Did you know that there is no standard for determining what is “organic” so that the foods you buy may not realy be any different than non-organic foods.
There is a big difference between local fresh organic vegetables and what you get in Whole Foods. The best french fries I ever had were made from organic potatoes grown on a small scale where they grew with all the minerals and trace minerals they need. The fries had such a full and complete taste. The organic carrots grown by big corporations are a step forward but many times they taste no better than the non-organic. This is what Whole Foods carries
When you get great taste from organic vegetables and fruits you know you are eating a better and healthier product than the conventionally grown product. Take the taste test
Everyone likes the CSA approach these days where you join up with a local farm and get weekly deliveries of produce. These farms grow on a human scale and will produce full taste vegetables and fruits. Not all the CSA farms are 100% organic but that’s OK. Sometimes you just have to waste an insect infestation so you use low level pesticides. But all these farmers are feeding their soil with natural amendments. Feed your soil right and you get the best fruits and vegs from it
No surprise then you endorse it, since you have a stake in keeping organics going.No, there's no money for me in it ... it's my bro-in-law's farm, but yes, we get some veges from time to time at low or no cost. The nice thing about a farm in the family, is that you know for sure the produce is grown organically. Do you know why people are against organic farmers/farming, especially Republicans, who state they want their freedoms to stay intact?
And that has been the case for thousands of years :)
I’m not surprised...