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Are you confused about the benefits of buying organic? Well, you're not alone. Fortunately, a study published this month in the Annals of Internal Medicine dispels some myths.
In this study, researchers compared organic and conventional foods (both produce and meat) to determine if there was a difference, in terms of health benefits.
The researchers found that while there are benefits to buying organic, those benefits may be limited to the cleanliness of the food. Researchers concluded that organic foods aren't any more nutritious than conventional foods, and they have about the same likelihood of carrying E. coli bacteria. This is a bit of a shock to some — it's even a little surprising to me.
So, is there any benefit of buying organic? According to the study, with produce, it all comes down to your desire to avoid pesticide residues. Conventional produce carried a 30 percent greater chance of being contaminated than organic produce.
With meat, it's all about exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Conventionally-raised chicken or pork carried a 33 percent higher chance of being contaminated with this type of bacteria than their organic counterparts, according to the study.
Personally, these reasons to buy organic are enough for me. Call me crazy, but I'd rather not ingest pesticides, or be infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Still, buying organic foods can be hard on the budget. So, here are some tips to buy organic without breaking the bank:
Healthy Bites appears on MyHealthNewsDaily on Wednesdays. Deborah Herlax Enos is a certified nutritionist and a health coach and weight loss expert in the Seattle area with more than 20 years of experience. Read more tips on her blog, Health in a Hurry!