Many fans of organic foods strongly believe that they contain higher amounts of beneficial antioxidants. A Danish study recently came to a different conclusion.
Scientists from the Danish National Food Institute examined the amounts of two types of antioxidants contained in conventionally and organically grown onions, carrots, and potatoes. According to their data, it cannot be said that organically grown food generally has higher amounts of these antioxidants.
Organic Still Better
This may put a needed damper on lobbying organic food with claims it cannot fulfill, as its true strengths lie elsewhere: Conventionally grown produce is often cultivated with pesticides and fertilizers that may harm health. One example here are the sometimes high amounts of nitrates they contain (PDF), which has led to the death of infants.
The usage of genetically modified crops, whose potential dangers still aren’t researched very well, present another problem with produce from this sector, that you will steer clear of when you go for organic food.
Just don’t expect it to do miracles.
Picture courtesy of Margo Conner.