Organic food is no better for you than than traditionally grown food but it may taste better, researchers have said.
By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor7:00AM BST 04 Sep 2012
Despite the perception that organic food, that has been grown without the use of artificial fertilisers, pesticides and other chemicals, is more somehow purer, more nutritious and virtuous, scientists have said there is little evidence that it is healthier.
A review of 237 research studies into organic food found the products were 30 per cent less likely to pesticide residue than conventionally grown fruit and vegetables but were not necessarily 100 per cent free of the chemicals.
They found no consistent differences in the vitamin content of organic products.
There were higher levels of phosphorus in organically grown food but the researchers said this is of little importance as so few people are deficient in this.
The only other significant finding was that some studies suggested that organic milk contained higher levels of omega-3 fatty acid, which is thought to be important for brain development in infants and for cardiovascular health.
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