Does Eating Organic Really Make a Difference?
Despite the evidence, many of us still ask whether it is worth it to buy organic foods. We ask: ‘Does it really make a difference?’
In a number of articles over the years, this publication has shown the clear evidence for the advantages of eating organic foods. Here is a quick rundown of the findings in case you missed any:
A 2014 study from Oxford University found that organic farms support a greater number of biodiversity. More specifically, this means they help support at least 50 percent more pollenator species and more than a third more species overall. The increase in biodiversity richness ranged from 26 percent to 43 percent overall as well.
A 2014 study from Washington State University found that organic milks contain significantly better fats as compared to conventional milks. This study tested 14 difference milk producers from different parts of the country over an 18 month period. Their study showed that organic milk contains 62 percent more omega-3 fats, 32 percent more eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 19 percent more docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) fats. Organic milks also had 18 percent more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
A study from French and Brazilian researchers found that, compared to conventional tomatoes, organic tomatoes had 139% more total phenolics; 140% more phenylalanine ammonia lyase levels – a measure of enzyme activity; 90 percent more antioxidant potency; 72 percent more yellow flavonoid content; 57 percent more vitamin C, 28 percent more citric acid; and 57 percent more flavor – measured by sweetness.
A 2012 study from the Warsaw University of Life Science’s Faculty of Human Nutrition found that compared to conventional ones, organic sweet bell peppers had significantly more vitamin C, total carotenoids, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, total phenolic acids, gallic acid, chlorogenic acids, quercetin D-glucoside and kaempferol. These phytonutrients have been found to help prevent cancer and a number of other diseases.
A study from the University of Aberdeen found that organic rice contains significantly less arsenic than conventional rices.
A 2007 study from the University of California-Davis found that organic tomatoes contain 79 percent more quercetin – a proven anticancer food constituent.
A 2010 study from Washington State University found that organic strawberries had significantly more vitamin C than conventional strawberries.
A 2012 study from Spain found that organic broccoli contains more vitamin C along with other antioxidants compared to conventional broccoli. These include phenols and other anticancer components.
A study from Italy’s University of Bologna found that organic red oranges contain significantly more anthocyanins, ascorbic acid and phenols than conventional red oranges.
A study from Stanford University found that organic foods contain more phosphorus, contain significantly less pesticide residues and contained fewer antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
A 2006 study from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, which found that organic strawberries had higher levels of antioxidants and other phytonutrients that inhibited breast and colon cancer cells.
A pile of evidence is also showing that adding or spraying chemicals onto our crops is linked to – higher higher levels of greenhouse gasses; increasing incidence of celiac disease and wheat sensitivities; increasing ADHD incidence; increased neurological conditions; weakening the immune systems of bees; contributing to bee colony collapse; increasing childhood obesity; increasing antibiotic resistance among bacteria; increases in Parkinson’s disease; ruining our drinking water; increasing soil erosion around the world; and increased incidence of autism.
Do you need any more reasons to eat organic foods? Okay, just one more reason to add to all of these – just how much toxicity conventional foods add to the body. The video tested a family before and after converting to an organic diet. The results were astounding. Their levels of toxicity prior to conversion to organics will amaze you. Watch the video:
Case Adams is a California Naturopath with a PhD in Natural Health Sciences, and Board Certified Alternative Medicine Practitioner. He has authored 26 books on natural healing strategies. “My journey into writing about alternative medicine began about 9:30 one evening after I finished with a patient at the clinic I practiced at over a decade ago. I had just spent the last two hours explaining how diet, sleep and other lifestyle choices create health problems and how changes in these, along with certain herbal medicines and other natural strategies can radically yet safely turn our health around. As I drove home that night, I realized this knowledge should be available to more people. So I began writing about health with a mission to reach those who desperately need this information. The strategies in my books and articles are backed by scientific evidence along with wisdom handed down through traditional medicines for thousands of years.” Case connects with nature by surfing, hiking, running, biking and according to Dad, being a total beach bum.