Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/6/2012 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Scientists find no difference in amount of vitamins in plant or animal products produced organically

Pricier organically grown vegetables, meat and poultry products are supposed to be free of pesticides and have more vitamins that food that is produced conventionally. However - a new review of organic food has proven that organic food isn't any better for the consumer than conventional varieties when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content.

Food in the study included organic and non-organic fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, poultry, eggs and milk.

Food in the study included organic and non-organic fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, poultry, eggs and milk.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/6/2012 (1 year ago)

Published in Home & Food

Keywords: Organic foods, pesticides, nutrition, conventional farms


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Researchers from Stanford University and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System discovered that organic options may live up to their claims of lowering exposure to pesticide residue and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

"People choose to buy organic foods for many different reasons. One of them is perceived health benefits," Dr. Crystal Smith-Spangler, who led the new study, says.

"Our patients, our families ask about, 'well, are there health reasons to choose organic food in terms of nutritional content or human health outcomes?'"

Smith-Spangler and her colleagues reviewed over 200 studies that compared either the health of people who ate organic or conventional foods. They also examined the nutrient and contaminant levels in the foods themselves.

Food in the study included organic and non-organic fruits, vegetables, grains, meat, poultry, eggs and milk.

It must be stressed that the studies didn't specify their standards for what constituted "organic" food - which can cost as much as twice what conventional food costs - the researchers wrote.

In order to qualify, organic farms have to avoid the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics. Organic livestock must also have access to pastures during grazing season, according to United States Department of Agriculture standards.

The majority of U.S. farms use pesticides to ward off bugs and raise animals in crowded indoor conditions with antibiotics in their feed to promote growth and ward off disease.

Surprisingly, Smith-Spangler and her colleagues found there was no difference in the amount of vitamins in plant or animal products produced organically and conventionally. Scientists found that the only nutrient difference was slightly more phosphorus in the organic products.

Organic milk and chicken may also contain more omega-3 fatty acids, they found - but that was based on only a few studies.

More significant differences were found by growing practice in the amount of pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food. It was found that more than one-third of conventional produce had detectable pesticide residues, compared to seven percent of organic produce samples. And organic chicken and pork was 33 percent less likely to carry bacteria resistant to three or more antibiotics than conventionally-produced meat.

Smith-Spangler says it is highly unusual for either organic or conventional foods to exceed the allowable limits for pesticides. Therefore, it's unclear whether a difference in residues would have an effect on health.

But Chensheng Lu, who studies environmental health and exposure at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, recommends that people consider pesticide exposure in their grocery-shopping decisions.

"If I was a smart consumer, I would choose food that has no pesticides," Lu, who wasn't involved in the new study, says. "I think that's the best way to protect your health."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2014
Refugees:
That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
Oceania: That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.



Comments


More Home & Food

Enjoy a SNEAK PREVIEW of our 72-hour sale on popular medals and jewlery!

Image of How many discounted items can you find?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Starting Friday at midnight, Catholic Shopping .com will have a 72-hour sale that will give you 15 percent off all Bliss-manufactured items. These items include our most popular medals and crosses and other religious jewelry. However, readers and fans of Catholic ... continue reading


Bring family, friends together for a sizzling pizza night! Watch

Image of As for toppings - the sky is the limit. Hamburger, sausage, anchovies, even slices of steak are recommended for meat lovers.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The one food that everyone associates with fun is the Italian staple of pizza! The flat breaded concoction topped with vegetables, sauce and meat - to the customer's liking - is associated with sporting events, casual meetings and birthday parties. It's impossible to ... continue reading


Food scale is an essential tool in any diet plan Watch

Image of The best food scale, then, is within your budget; has numbers you can read easily; has a cup or bowl large enough to hold the food you need to weigh; and is easy to clean and store.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In any effort to lose weight, determining the calories per serving is an essential way to track food intake. A food scale can help any dieter find out how much of their favorite foods they can eat.  LOS ANGELES, ca (Catholic Online) - Experts agree that a ... continue reading


Move over quinoa! There's a new superfood in town Watch

Image of Fonio is a new super grain from Africa, rich in protein and amino acids, but is also low in sugar.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There are several new kids on the block in the world of superfoods, and many may be coming to supermarkets in the near future. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Because grains such as quinoa and spelt have proved so popular in the world of health food, nutritionists ... continue reading


Three things that should be in every Catholic home - How many do you have?

Image of Many Catholic homes have a small altar or devotional corner.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

One of the most enjoyable features of a home is that you get to decorate it. It doesn't matter if your home is a room, or a tiny apartment, or a 100-room mansion. What matters is that it's your space and you choose what happens there, including how to decorate it. LOS ... continue reading


Tomato Pie, a Creamy Southern Treat

Image of Yummy tomato pie is sure to please the whole family.

By Veronica Gantley

When the first glorious vine ripened homegrown tomatoes appear in my garden, I get excited! I know that it is Tomato pie time, and soon I will be enjoying thick slices of this creamy Southern Treat. VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - This recipe is best served when tomatoes are at ... continue reading


The superfoods you need for healthy living, and the six you don't! Watch

Image of Watercress was the winner in the study, scoring 100 in the study.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Dietary experts and researchers from William Paterson University in New Jersey conducted a new study which compares the nutrient density of different fruits and vegetables and published their surprising results in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease. LOS ... continue reading


Black Colonial Candle Lamp adds flair to any environment

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

This Black Colonial Candle Lamp is sure to compliment every décor! Its sleek black matte finish makes it unobtrusive when placed with similar objects, or can become a real focal point to any room or porch when set aside by itself. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Bourbon Burger

By Veronica Gantley

Nothing is more American than the burger. A great burger starts with great ground beef, a 20% fat content is ideal for a melt in your mouth burger. VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - It is hot outside, and it is only going to get hotter. Why heat up your house unnecessarily? ... continue reading


Hot Cross Buns

Image of Warm Hot Cross Buns are very tasty.

By Veronica Gantley

It is believed a very popular Lenten tradition is the Hot Cross Bun. In Europe these buns were baked for Good Friday.  LOS ANGELES, CA - It is believed they originated at St. Alban's Abbey in England around the fourteenth century. The monks distributed them to the ... continue reading


All Home & Food News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ezekiel 34:1-11
1 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
1 [Psalm Of David] Yahweh is my shepherd, I lack ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 20:1-16
1 'Now the kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 20th, 2014 Image

St. Bernard of Clairvaux
August 20: St. Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church St. Bernard was born ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter