It is the preferred fare of millions of health-conscious Britons. But eating organic food could make you fat, experts have warned.
A study has shown that people tend to assume that organic foods - particularly snacks - contain fewer calories that their conventionally-produced counterparts, so buy and eat more. For those for whom buying organic is a treat, this is unlikely to have any major consequences. But people who decide to ‘go organic’, could soon find themselves piling on the pounds.
The warning comes from American researchers who investigated whether the sight of an organic label was enough to imbue a food with a range of desirable attributes. Almost 150 shoppers were asked to taste what they thought were conventionally and organically-produced chocolate biscuits, yoghurts and crisps. In fact, all of the products were organic but some had just been deliberately mis-labelled.