Does it pay to buy organic?
Most people who swear by organic produce say that food free of chemical pesticides and fertilisers tastes better, but can it really add years to our lives? The jury’s still out.
In a 2014 UK study, one of the largest on this topic to date, organic food gave women no more protection from cancer than healthy conventional foods did.
Other research reveals that the quality of organic produce varies significantly. In a 2014 UK study, organic foods had up to 70 per cent more antioxidants; however, in a 2010 US study, organic carrots, onions and potatoes had no more antioxidants than regular vegetables.
Confused? So are most shoppers, who often think, mistakenly, that the word
organic indicates a lighter energy load. (When people ate cookies with an ‘organic’ label for US research, they thought they were eating 40 per cent less kilojoules.)
If you want to go organic and can afford the 20 per cent price hike, go for it. But seeing as most of us fail to eat enough fruit and veg, regardless of production methods, we think that eating more of the regular stuff is an even better step towards good health!