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New study on organic food shows it's no higher in antioxidant levels

Blog Post created by john simpson on Nov 4, 2010

Taken from Oneindia
"Organic onions, carrots 'do not have higher levels  of healthy antioxidants'"



Organically grown onions, carrots, and potatoes generally do not have  higher levels of healthful antioxidants and related substances than vegetables  grown with traditional fertilizers and pesticides, scientists have reported. In  the study, Pia Knuthsen and colleagues point out that there are many reasons to  pay a premium for organic food products. The most important reasons for the  popularity of organic food products include improved animal welfare,  environmental protection, better taste, and possible health benefits. However,  the health benefits of organic food consumption are still controversial and not  considered scientifically well documented. "On the basis of the present study  carried out under well controlled conditions, it cannot be concluded that  organically grown onions, carrots, and potatoes generally have higher contents  of health-promoting secondary metabolites in comparison with the conventionally  cultivated ones," the report stated. Their study has been published in ACS'  bi-weekly Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.