A review of 343 nutrition studies that compared the antioxidant content, pesticide residues, and heavy metal contamination found this type of food to be superior.
In a study published in The British Journal of Nutrition, researchers compared organic to conventionally grown fruits and vegetables and found the following:
Organic fruits and vegetable contain between 19 and 69 percent more antioxidants compared to conventional produce.
Antioxidants, such as those found in higher concentrations in organic foods, “have previously been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases and certain cancers.”
Conventional foods had four times the amount of pesticides and a higher amount (48%) of the toxic metal cadmium. Cadmium, which is also present in cigarette smoke, can cause kidney and liver damage.
The Bottom Line: Organic food is higher in antioxidants and lower in pesticides.
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