Organics really are more nutritious
Sometimes, I can't believe the nonsense I read.
The other day, I saw an article that claimed organic foods are a waste of money -- and that you should buy whatever's on sale instead.
I've seen these reports before, and most of them cite shoddy studies conducted by researchers with ties to Big Food. Y'know, the very companies that lose money every time a consumer makes the switch to fresh organic fruits and vegetables.
Don't fall for it.
Organics are better by nearly every measure -- and the real research on this has been so consistent that a new review of 343 peer-reviewed studies confirms these fruits and vegetables contain more of the essential nutrients you need for good health.
Take flavonoids, for example, the antioxidants that can help ease inflammation, ward off cancer, fight viruses and bacteria, protect your stomach, and ease allergies (and that's just the short list).
Well, organic foods are loaded with nearly every type. They contain 69 percent more flavanones, 50 percent more flavonols, 51 percent more anthocyanins and 26 percent more flavones than conventional foods.
If that's not enough, organics also contain 28 percent more stilbenes, and are 19 percent higher in phenolic acids.
Together, these nutrients fight the free radicals that lead to damage on a cellular level -- the damage responsible for everything from disease to the signs of aging.
You want a diet as rich in these nutrients as possible -- and if you switch from conventional foods to organic foods, you'll get the nutritional equivalent of up to two extra servings of fruits and vegetables per day... from the same amount of food.
Yes, more nutrition from the same amount of food. Now, suddenly, conventional foods don't look so cheap, do they? It's like buying a bigger box at a lower price -- but finding less food inside.
That alone is certainly reason enough to go organic.
But there's actually something even better than all the extra nutrients found inside fresh organic fruits and vegetables -- and that's what they don't have.
They don't have pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other chemicals, and the new study confirms that as well, finding that conventional fruits and vegetables are four times more likely to contain pesticide residue than organic foods.
That's in line with a recent study that found going organic can reduce your pesticide exposure by 90 percent. (Click here to discover more organic food insights in a free report from my House Calls archives.)
Organics also contain lower levels of dangerous heavy metals. For example, they contain 48 percent less cadmium than conventional fruits and vegetables, according to the new report.
This is important, as both chemical pesticides and heavy metals can build up in your body even at low levels of exposure -- and over the course of years or decades, they can cause or contribute to chronic health problems.
Some can even cross the blood-brain barrier and cause the type of damage linked to Parkinson's disease, dementia and more.
That's why it's critical to feed yourself and everyone you care about quality organic foods, ideally from a local farm -- and if you haven't made the switch yet, it's not too late.
Get started today.