Organic tomatoes really are healthier than their conventionally grown counterparts, new research suggests.
being smaller, they are packed with higher amounts of vitamin C and
compounds that may combat chronic diseases, the findings show. The reason for the difference is down to the organic plants' tough upbringing, it is claimed.
While conventionally grown tomatoes
are are treated with pesticides and artificial fertilisers, organic
farming forces the fruits to fend for themselves. The stress they suffer as a result promotes greater concentrations of health-giving chemicals, according to the scientists.
in the online journal Public Library of Science ONE, they argue that
making life less easy for commercially grown fruits and vegetables can
lead to improvements in quality.
Opinions are divided over whether organic farm products really are healthier and worth the extra money.
U.S. review of research studies published last year found that while
organic fruits and vegetables may taste better, there is no evidence
that their nutrition value is higher. The Soil Association, which criticised the review, insists that organic farming is better for the environment and for health.
Source - Daily Mail