Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving

To buy organic or to not buy organic…


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 see food and nutrition from a different perspective and understand that nutrition and health are not necessarily a result of personal choice.

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.


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


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

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