What is the benefits of organic food?

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There isn’t much difference between organic and conventional foods, if you’re an adult and making a decision based solely on your health, according to study by Stanford. The team at Stanford, did the most comprehensive meta-analysis to date of existing studies comparing organic and conventional foods. They did not find strong evidence that organic foods are more nutritious or carry fewer health risks than conventional alternatives, though consumption of organic foods can reduce the risk of pesticide exposure. No consistent differences were seen in the vitamin content of organic products, and only one nutrient — phosphorus — was significantly higher in organic versus conventionally grown produce (and the researchers note that because few people have phosphorous deficiency, this has little clinical significance). There was also no difference in protein or fat content between organic and conventional milk, though evidence from a limited number of studies suggested that organic milk may contain significantly higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids. The researchers were also unable to identify specific fruits and vegetables for which organic appeared the consistently healthier choice, despite running “tons of analyses.” While researchers found that organic produce had a 30 percent lower risk of pesticide contamination than conventional fruits and vegetables, organic foods are not necessarily 100 percent free of pesticides. What’s more, as the researchers noted, the pesticide levels of all foods generally fell within the allowable safety limits. Two studies of children consuming organic and conventional diets did find lower levels of pesticide residues in the urine of children on organic diets, though the significance of these findings on child health is unclear. Additionally, organic chicken and pork appeared to reduce exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but the clinical significance of this is also unclear. https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2012/09/little-evidence-of-health-benefits-from-organic-foods-study-finds.html

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More important to eat more fruits and vegetables vs wondering if there is benefit to organic or not. The main benefit of organic food is that it has less pesticide for your kids. Research has shown that pesticide residues were found in 7 percent of organic foods and 38 percent of conventional foods. An increasing amount of studies suggest that even minuscule amounts of pesticides can wreak havoc on the developing body — resulting in hormone problems, learning disabilities, and possibly autism. The damage might even be felt across future generations. So if you can, feed your baby organic, but rest of family can eat normal food :)

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