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Report Suggests Little Added Benefit With Organic Fruits & Vegetables

Posted Jul 29 2009 12:00am

While organic fruits and vegetables may not seem to provide more nutritional benefit than conventionally grown ones, the real issue is the fact that most people fall short of the needed minimum per day, to support good health. In fact, the real health pitfall in the US and most countries is the lack of any fruit and vegetable consumption at least 3 times per day, even short of the suggested 9 or more. This is the biggest reason we suggest Juice Plus+® nutritional supplement, in order to at least get additional nutrients that are left out if you're not consuming enough fruits and veggies. Here's the new report that suggests Organic may not be any better than regular --

A group of British researchers concluded that organic foods aren't nutritionally superior to their conventionally produced cousins after reviewing 50 years of published literature on the topic.

However, the review didn't address any contaminants or chemical residue connected with different agricultural production methods. One of the main selling points of organic food is the absence of chemical additives.

"The lack of non-organic chemicals and pesticides on organic foods is what the appeal is," Brian Todd, president of the Food Institute, an Elmwood Park, N.J.-based trade association, said in response to the study.

The study by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Topical Medicine was published Wednesday in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. A representative for the London School of Hygiene & Topical Medicine couldn't immediately be reached.

In the study, Alan Dangour of the school's public health intervention research unit and one of the report's authors, said: "A small number of differences in nutrient content were found to exist between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs, but these are unlikely to be of any public health relevance."

Some consumers are willing to pay more for organic foods based on their perceived health and nutrition benefits and the global organic food market was estimated at €29 billion ($41.1 billion) during 2007, the researchers say. While other studies have also concluded that organic foods aren't better nutritionally, the authors called their effort the first systematic review of published studies on the topic. ( full story )

Comments: While this may seem significant or of some interest, the emphasis should be put on the fact that too many people, as a percentage of the whole population, are not getting anywhere near the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in their diet. Organic or not really is not a matter of concern when the majority is getting neither. It is important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet for the prevention of sickness and disease. If you won't, don't, or can't get the recommended amount, try adding Juice Plus+® to your diet. Juice Plus+® contains nutrients from a variety of fruits and vegetables, and may help you get some of what you're missing.

The Health & Wellness Institute,PC
Official Juice Plus+® Distributor

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