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Is Organic Food Really Healthier?

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Organic products are more popular than ever, but according to one recent study, organic foods have no additional health benefits over conventional foods.

In a systematic review of 162 scientific papers published in the past 50 years, researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that there were no significant differences.

"Our review indicates that there is currently no evidence to support the selection of organically over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority," said Alan Dangour, one of the study's authors.

Due to the perception that organic foods offer health benefits, consumers are willing to spend more money. In 2007, an estimated $48 billion was spent on organic products worldwide.

As with much of the research, however, there are studies that support these claims and others that refute them. Sometimes it doesn't come down to the nutritional benefits, but the way the food is cared for. Traditional farming practices aren't good for our soil and don't allow time for the soil to regenerate itself.

We rely too much on chemicals in our everyday life, and I can't help but think that the chemicals in our foods are causing us harm.

Our suggestion: Consider buying local and/or organic when possible, but more importantly, eat more natural foods and less processed junk.

Learn more about how organic food is produced, how to decipher organic food labels, and more in the article Organic Food.

Tags: Health, Food