Is Organic a Scam? – Nutrient Differences
by Racer X Virtual Trainer
Organic is topic that most people feel strongly about. You either believe it's good for you and will never let anything that does not cotain the Organic seal of approval past your lips or you think it's all a bunch of crap. Personally, I tend to think that if you can afford to eat Organic, then it's a no brainer. Eat Organic. I try to live by the rule that I should do everything I can in life to extend the time I have and Organic certainly isn't going to contribute to my demise. But on the other hand I'm not such a nut that I think a little conventionally grown food is going to kill me. If figure if I die from that, I'll consider myself lucky that number 1056 on the list of things that could have killed me, got me.
There seem to be two arguments when it comes to Organic food. The first (and the easiest to defend) is whether Organic is better for you because it does not contain pesticides, herbicides, and a whole lot of other -cides. To me, there is no arguing this point and the research supports the notion. The second, and more difficult to defend, is if organic food is healthier because it contains more nutrients. It is an interesting debate and several credible studies seem to contradict each other. But to me, I could care less if Organic contains more nutrients (or heck even if it had a few less) as long as my chicken and milk are hormone free and my Peaches don't taste like they have been rolling around in Fludioxonil. But none the less, it is still an interesting debate and one worth investigating.
One such article that I found very interesting and dives into the nitty, gritty details of the nutritional research is this article from Mark's Daily Apple. It does a great job of breaking down the facts, presenting the varying points of view and offers a conclusion. Read on my friends and enjoy!
Even if you can get folks to begrudgingly admit that organic foods tends to contain fewer pesticide residues than conventional (and that this might even impact a person’s health or the way a child develops), they’ll dig in their heels when it comes to the nutritional content. And why shouldn’t they? Organic isn’t really about getting more vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients; it’s always been about getting vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients without the conventional pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that so often accompany conventional produce. The presupposition that proponents of organic produce claim it contains more nutrients is a bit of a straw man, as that claim is rarely – if ever – made.
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