Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/6/2012 (2 years 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 (2 years 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 October 2014
Peace:
That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day: That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.



Comments


More Home & Food

Americans thinking healthy, and Coca-Cola and McDonald's suffer as a result Watch

Image of Americans have fallen out of love with high-sugar, high-calorie fizzy drinks and are seeking healthier alternatives instead.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's fast and inexpensive and not good for you - and since Americans are becoming more health conscious, or desire higher quality fare, such junk food staples such as McDonald's and Coca-Cola are feeling the pinch. As iconic American as both companies are, more ... continue reading


McDonald's reveals that 'pink slime' is no longer used in their food on TV tour Watch

Image of Various rumors that have swirled around their food, even long before the Internet age, such as the claim that their hamburgers never decomposed. McDonald's is now tackling those rumors head on.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

McDonald's, the world's preeminent producer of processed fast food welcomed a crew from TV's "Good Morning America" into their California plant. It was all part of an "Our Food, Your Questions" series to dispel some of the rumors surrounding that a former ... continue reading


Taste challenge: Are these America's best burgers? Watch

Image of Zagat has released a survey of the best burgers in the United States.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Zagat has released a survey of the best burgers in the United States. Sure to inspire controversy and more than a little debate - all of it involving delicious seared beef patties and freshly cooked buns, the winners range from fast food winners In-N-Out ... continue reading


Add a note of sophistication to your home with mood lighting Watch

Image of Creating mood lighting can be inexpensive and fulfill the homeowner's creativity in making their surroundings more conducive to making a more romantic and intimate living space.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An environment with full, bright lighting is good for entertaining and workaday activities. However, in order to bring a feeling of relaxation that enhances surroundings, softer light sources - herein referred to as "mood lighting," can enhance any home. Creating ... continue reading


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


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, Exodus 22:20-26
20 'You will not molest or oppress aliens, for you ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 18:2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
2 Yahweh is my rock and my fortress, my deliverer is ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 22:34-40
34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced ... Read More

Reading 2, First Thessalonians 1:5-10
5 because our gospel came to you not only in words, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 26th, 2014 Image

St. Bean
October 26: On December 16, there is named in the Roman Martyrology and in ... 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