Organic produce is nutritionally superior to so-called “conventional” produce, according to a comprehensive review conducted by researchers from the University of Aix-Marseille for the French food agency (AFSSA). (Lairon. 2010)
The research found organic produce contains more minerals, such as iron and magnesium, than non-organic produce and has higher levels of antioxidant micronutrients such as phenols and resveratrol salicylic acid. Organic vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, celeriac and kale, contained higher levels of Vitamin C.
But not only is organic food more nutritionally dense, studies have proven that eating organic foods will also reduce your intake of toxic pesticides.
A study from the University of Washington School of Public found that among individuals who eat similar amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who reported eating organic produce had significantly lower levels of organophosphate (OP) pesticide exposure than those who were eating conventionally-grown (pesticide laden) produce. (Curl et al. 2015)
Organophosphates inhibit cholinesterase, a neurotransmitter that carries signals between nerves and muscles. It can cause paralysis. Children are at an elevated risk of cholinesterase poisoning since their bodies cannot detox from pesticides and other chemicals as easily as an adult.
Another study published in the Journal of Environmental Research found that participants who ate an 80% organic diet had 89% less pesticide residue in their urine compared to eating conventionally grown produce. (Oates et al. 2014)
Authors, Benbrook (et al) examined a decade of scientific data on pesticide residue and found: “Organic food offers consumers a choice that dramatically reduces dietary exposure to pesticide and thus potential pesticide-related health risk.”
While diet is the primary source of OP pesticide exposure, we also need to be diligent about chemicals that can potentially be absorbed through our skin from our shampoos, lotions and deodorants.
Choose personal care products and household cleaning products that contain all natural ingredients that have also been grown without the use of any pesticides. Young Living is one company that guarantees the quality of its product range from seed to seal.
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Benbrook, C. et al. 2002, Pesticide residues in conventional, integrated pest management (IPM)- grown and organic foods: insights from three US data sets, Food Addit Contam; 19(5):427-46
Curl, C.L. et al. 2015, Estimating Pesticide Exposure from Dietary Intake and Organic Food Choices: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), Environ Health Perspect; DOI:10.1289/ehp.1408197
Lairon, D. 2010, Nutritional Quality and Safety of Organic Food. A Review, Agronomy for Sustainable Development; 30: 33–41.
Oates, L. et al. 2014, Reduction in urinary organophosphate pesticide metabolites in adults after a week-long organic diet, Environ Res; 132:105-11.