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Food For Thought

By: Alistair Kyte

If you’ve ever cruised the veggie aisle at your local market and have been tempted to pay twice the price for organic broccoli, only to scrap the idea at the last minute, you’re not alone. Some call it 'green guilt', the uncomfortable feeling you get from your not-so-carbon-neutral habits (like the $112 you spent filling up your gas-guzzling truck, which  you preceded to use exclusively to drive back and forth from the gym that’s a five minute walk from your house). But while organically grown food is certainly better for the environment, new research published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition is claiming that organics have no nutritional or health benefits over ordinary foods.

When more than 162 scientific papers published over the past 50 years were reviewed by researchers in England, they found there was no significant difference between organic and regular food products. "A small number of differences in nutrient content were found to exist between organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs, but these are unlikely to be of any public health relevance," said the report. "Our review indicates there’s no evidence to support the selection of organically over conventionally produced foods on the basis of nutritional superiority."

Sales of organic food has even started dropping off in some markets, especially considering the fact that many believe purchasing locally grown food, and not organic, is the best way to support your local economy and help the environment at the same time.

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