The mineral content of organic food - Rutgers University USA
A question that often gets asked is "Is organic food better?".
Non-organic food producers sometimes say there is no difference. However, common sense says that there must be. Surely eating food without chemicals and harvested in a more natural manner is better. But is it? The answer is clearly yes. The table below shows the results of one of many studies carried out to try to answer this question.
Before these studies were carried out the idea that organic crops were nutritionally superior was widely accepted on faith alone. People hoped that the effects of organic cultivation were better for the earth. In recent years this has been proven time and time again.
Researchers at Rutgers University in the USA, intrigued by the emphatic claim that "Organic is Better", decided to shop around for some answers. They went to a supermarket and purchased a selection of produce which they analysed for mineral content. They then went to a healthfood store and purchased the same products but grown organically and carried out the same tests. The Rutgers' team expected the organic produce to be slightly superior in this comparison, but the results were incredible!
For example notice the amount of iron in the organic tomatoes and spinach compared to the non-organic varieties. There is a huge difference. Many other essential trace elements are completely absent in the non-organic foods whereas they occur in abundance in the organic varieties. Other studies came to the same clear conclusion.
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