You're shelling out tons of extra cash to buy organic, but is it really worth it? Is the produce really that much better for you?
YES, says a giant, new study published in the British Journal Of Nutrition this week. (The study, an analysis of 343 peer-reviewed studies, is the most comprehensive of its kind.)
Organic produce, the study found, has up to 60% more antioxidants than non-organic produce. In fact, the research team says a switch to organic alone would provide benefits equivalent to eating one-to-two extra portions of produce per day.
And if that's not enough to make the case, the study also showed that organic produce is lower in heavy metal toxins. The research concluded that cadmium levels in organic crops are 48% lower than levels of cadmium in conventional produce.
Finally, the study found that conventional crops were four times more likely to carry residue from pesticides than their organic counterparts.
“The organic vs non-organic debate has rumbled on for decades now but the evidence from this study is overwhelming — that organic food is high in antioxidants and lower in toxic metals and pesticides" Newcastle University Professor Carlo Leifert, who led the study, said in a press release.
“But this study should just be a starting point," he added. "We have shown without doubt there are composition differences between organic and conventional crops, now there is an urgent need to carry out well-controlled human dietary intervention."