With the increasing options at the grocery store, how do you know what to buy to get the best nutritional value for your money? A number of studies have been done on the nutritional value of organic food vs. inorganic food, so let’s break down the basics.
- One study found a significantly higher level of antioxidants in organic foods than in conventionally grown foods. Nutrients and antioxidants are two different things and affect the body differently. However, based on their findings, these researchers declared organic food to be a more nutritious option.
- Researchers also found higher levels of pesticides on conventionally grown foods, which they said made them more unsafe.
- None of the studies have detected levels of pesticides or chemicals that approach anything near what would be classified as an unsafe level.
- There is no known difference between organic and conventionally grown food with respect to nutrient content.
- The most recent study found that organic crops are lower in protein.
As you can tell, opinions and research findings vary greatly, making it hard to feel confident in one decision on this subject. When it comes to eating healthy, ultimately the answer is to eat a balance of foods that are nutrient-rich and processed as little as possible.