Organic vs non-organic foods -are their benefits?

Recent research has shown that eating predominantly organic foods can lead to a whole range of health benefits including better blood sugar control and weight loss and a lower incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, infertility, birth defects, allergies and ear infections in children.  This might have something to do with an enriched presence of antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and minerals like magnesium, vital nutrients sometimes lacking in conventional diets.  Reduced exposure to pesticides and herbicides that can harm the nervous system, disrupt the function of our hormones and in some cases increase cancer risk might also enhance the salubrious cachet of organic foods.

However, this might also be associated with healthy lifestyle choices.  Those who eat organically also consume more plant-based foods rather than animal products while the standard Western diet is rich in sugar, fat and processed foods which can further compromise the diversity of germs in our gut that is so fundamental to our health.  Choosing organic produce might also reduce exposure to antibiotic resistant bacteria.

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