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Does Organic Mean Healthier?
March 23, 2010, 2:57 pm
Filed under: General Nutrition

If you’re trying to eat healthier, then you’re likely choosing plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. As you walk down the aisles at the supermarket checking out the fresh produce, grain products, low fat dairy and lean meats, you have a decision to make, should you buy organic? With today’s buzz about eating organic foods it’s no wonder people are confused about what it really means. Does organic really mean healthier?    

The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat. All organic foods are grown and processed according to strict national standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution. For example, rather than using chemical weed-killers, organic farmers conduct sophisticated crop rotations and spread mulch or manure to keep weeds at bay. Conventional farmers use techniques that organic farmers can not, such as spraying synthetic pesticides to reduce pests, using chemical herbicides to manage weeds, and giving animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease and spur growth. Organic farmers use less energy, less water resources, and no genetically modified (GM) foods or synthetic pesticides.

Although the USDA certifies organic foods, it does not claim any conclusive evidence that shows organic food is more nutritious or safe than is conventionally grown food. It is important to decide which is best for you, considering nutrition, quality, taste, cost, and the environment!

This information was brought to you by Bonnie Doerr and OC Nutrition, Your Trusted Source for Health & Nutrition Advice.  OC Nutrition offers nutrition counseling services over the phone or in person in Irvine, Orange, Anaheim Hills, Chino, Glendora and Long Beach.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Kristy L. Richardson, MS, MPH, RD, CSSD, CHES
Registered Dietitian & Exercise Physiologist
(949) 933-6788

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