You may remember the report last month from Great Britain claiming that Organic food was no more nutritious than other foods. Most of us were pretty sure that was wrong. But it’s good to see in print a good authority disputing that observation.
The major points of The French Agency for Food Safety study are:
- Organic plant products contain more dry matter (more nutrient dense)
- Have higher levels of minerals
- Contain more anti-oxidants such as phenols and salicylic acid (known to protect against cancers, heart disease and many other health problems)
- Organic animal products contain more polyunsaturated fatty acids (protect against heart disease)
- Carbohydrate, protein and vitamin levels are insufficiently documented
- 94–100% of organic foods do not contain any pesticide residues
- Organic vegetables contain far less nitrates, about 50% less (high nitrate levels are linked to a range of health problems including diabetes and Alzheimer’s)
- Organic cereals contain similar levels of mycotoxins as conventional ones
You can read the the news article on this report at Foodmag.com.au with a commentary from Andre Leu, Chairman of the Organic Federation of Australia. Or you can access the full scientific report at http://swroc.cfans.umn.edu/organic/ASD_Lairon_2009.pdf
The positive characteristics of organic food also apply to personal care products made with USDA Certified Organic ingredients such our MiEssence products. Good news for all!
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