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To buy organic or to not buy organic…

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Myth 1: Organic foods are the safest and healthiest choice for you.
What Dietitians of Canada says:
“Organic foods may have more, about the same, or less nutrients than non-organic foods. And both organic and non-organic foods are grown and produced under strict regulations to make sure they are safe for you to eat.”
What I say:
It’s been documented that many organic foods are contaminated by pesticides, either during the growing process through contaminated air, rain, and soil, or post-harvest during storage. I think that in that regard, many of the foods we currently produce are not particularly safe to eat as pesticides accumulate in our bodies over time. However, I agree that the nutrient value of foods within each category (i.e. organic and non-organic) is likely to vary more than the nutrient value between the two groups. From a nutrition standpoint there is little benefit to consuming organic foods. However, from a flavour standpoint, and from an environmental standpoint, there are benefits to choosing organic foods.

Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

3 thoughts on “To buy organic or to not buy organic…

  1. I agree. For example organic lemons are the best if you want to flavour your drinking water. Non-organic seem to leave a sort of bitter aftertaste. But I buy local produce, organic or not, because it won’t have been shipped for thousands of miles.

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  2. Growing your own organic food is the safest and healthiest option for you and mother nature. :)

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  3. Pingback: Shocker: Organic food no more nutritious than non-organic! | bite my words

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