Why organic foods really are better
You've seen the headlines by now: Organic food is supposedly no better for you than conventional foods, at least according to a new study out of Stanford University.
But there are some huge problems with this study -- including the fact that it didn't reach that conclusion at all if you go by any reasonable definition of "better."
First, the study found that organic produce has 30 percent less pesticide residue than non-organic. Since avoiding these dangerous chemicals is one of the main reasons many people eat organic in the first place, that's a win right there.
The researchers also found that people who chow down on conventional chicken and pork are 33 percent more likely to get a taste of at least three different strains of drug-resistant bacteria than those who eat organic meats.
Now we're not just talking about a win... we're talking about a BIG win, and it comes from a study that supposedly finds that organic foods are "no better" than conventional foods.
But let's dig a little deeper here. The real reason for those headlines is the finding that organics have the same levels of nutrients as conventional foods -- at least according to the study.
And that brings me to the next big problem: The Stanford team didn't examine a single piece of food.
Not one apple, strawberry, or steak.
Instead, they relied on other research. It's called a meta-analysis, and the problem with that approach is that researchers get to pick and choose what to include... and what to exclude.
So they excluded, for example, a study that found organic strawberries have higher vitamin C levels than regular -- and they even admitted afterward that they goofed by leaving it out.
And that's not the "sin of omission" here.
Charles Benbrook, a professor of agriculture at Washington State University, told Environmental Working Group that studies have consistently found that organics have higher levels of vitamin C, antioxidants, phenolic acids, and other nutrients.
But for whatever reason, those studies didn't make the grade at Stanford.
So organic IS better -- and in addition to having lower pesticide levels, fewer disease-causing germs, and higher levels of key nutrients, organics offer one more benefit that the study didn't even look at.
Conventional foods -- especially corn and soy -- are often genetically modified monstrosities that come with big-time safety risks, and you can read about them in more detail right here.
All organic foods, on the other hand, are 100 percent natural as God intended -- and that alone is worth paying extra for.