It comes at a premium price, but it seems organic food may not be worth shelling out for.
Researchers claim it is no more nutritious than food grown using pesticides and chemicals – and won’t benefit your health. Many
people pay as much as a third more for organic food in the belief that
it is healthier and safer. However, Dr Dena Bravata and colleagues from Stanford University Medical Centre, California, found no clear evidence
of any significant added health benefits.
They also found that there was no
guarantee organic food would be pesticide-free – a key attraction for
many consumers – though it did have lower levels. Senior
author Dr Bravata said: ‘There isn’t much difference between organic
and conventional foods, if you’re an adult and making a decision based
solely on your health.’