Good news if you love organic! A study conducted by an international team of experts at Newcastle University, has proved that organic crops are up to 60% higher in antioxidants compared to non-organic. This proves once and for all that eco-friendly farming really does improve the nutritional quality of our food.
This is the largest ever study of its kind and shows that there is a substantial nutritional benefit to choosing organic produce rather than food made from conventionally grown crops. The study concluded that by switching to organic fruit and vegetables, the additional antioxidants that you receive is equivalent to eating between 1-2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
As a result of this extensive study, increased cost may no longer be a reason not to shop pesticide free. With more nutritionally dense fruit, vegetables and cereals, you can end up getting more for your money by switching to organic.
The study also proves that organic crops have significantly lower levels of cadmium, the toxic heavy metal. Like mercury and lead, cadmium can be extremely damaging to people who are repeatedly exposed, even at very low levels.
UPDATE: new research into organic meat and dairy
Another recent organic food study led by Newcastle University was published in the British Journal of Nutrition on 16th February 2016, this time focussing on the difference between and organic and non-organic meat and dairy products.
The new research shows that organic meat and dairy contains around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than non-organic. As well as an increased omega-3 content, organic meat and dairy was shown to contain fewer harmful saturated fats that can contribute to heart disease.
Helen Browning, chief executive of the Soil Association said:
“This research confirms what many people have always thought was true - what you feed farm animals and how you treat them affects the quality of the food - whether it’s milk, cheese or a cut of meat. These scientists have shown that all the hard work organic farmers put into caring for their animals pays off in the quality of the food they produce - giving real value for money.”
What about organic beauty?
When it comes to organic beauty and skin care, antioxidants (which fight skin damaging free radicals) are a large part of what makes natural products so effective. By using organic plant actives like Aloe Vera (used as a base in all Green people products) Green Tea and Rosemary, our products are particularly potent, delivering increased antioxidant content than non-organic skin care brands.
These findings show that thinking about how we use the land doesn’t just benefit the planet; it has a direct impact on our own health and wellbeing. If that’s not a reason to go organic we don’t know what is!
Don’t panic, you don’t have to go completely organic overnight to reap the rewards. Try changing one thing each month; start by switching to an organic moisturiser, or choosing pesticide free tomatoes and you’ll find it much less daunting.
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