Sometimes we wonder if the extra dollars we spend really justifies the supposed health benefits for all organic produce. Is it really worth spending $10 and more per pound for organic, all grass-feed beef? Should we really spend $2+ for a head of lettuce? And is investing our hard earned money into all-organic teas or coffee really worthwhile?
YES is the short answer! Here is why.
The investigation seeks to answer questions such as: how do conventional and organic manufacturing processes impact food quality? What toxins and food additives are present in raw and finished products? And, how do milling and cooking alter nutrient composition? While not yet complete, preliminary findings show that organic grains are more nutrient-rich. Organically farmed tomatoes have also been shown to have significantly higher levels of flavonoids, lycopene, and vitamin C.
Most recently, a 2014 meta-analysis of 343 peer-reviewed publications concluded that the evidence indicates there are “statistically significant and meaningful differences in composition between organic and non-organic crops/crop-based foods.”
The team at Mercola has written a fantastic article. The original piece also lists a great "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce". Click here for entire article at Mercola.com