To organic or not to organic
We're constantly being bombarded with images of so-called
fresher organic produce on our Facebook pages claiming organic fruit
and veggies are better for your health.
But is buying organic produce actually better for you or is it just
an expensive fad?
But Diabetes Queensland credentialled diabetes educator and
dietitian Michelle Tong said organic food does not have a higher
nutritional value than regular produce.
In 2009, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, reviewed the current research on the nutritional quality
of organic versus non-organic foods and found there was no evidence
to support the belief that organic produce contains more nutrients
than non-organic produce. The study looked at eleven
nutrients including vitamin c, potassium and magnesium.
"For the majority of nutrients, there were no major differences
between organic and non-organic crops," said Michelle.
"The researchers did find non-organic produce contained more
nitrogen, and organic produce had more phosphorus, but these
differences aren't likely to have a big impact on your
"Of course, many people choose organic foods because they prefer
the taste or they have the environment in mind. Just be
careful to check where the food was
produced. An organic product that has travelled interstate or
overseas may not be much better for the environment than a locally
produced non-organic product."
Michelle's advice: "Choosing organic produce is a personal choice
but enjoying organic produce isn't necessarily a better nutritional
choice. To maximise your nutrient intake the best thing you can do
is enjoy five serves of vegetables and two serves of
fruit every day."