Posted by: Mahdi Ebrahimi | September 19, 2009

French study says organic food is healthier

A new review from France has concluded that there are nutritional benefits to organic produce, on the basis of data compiled for the French food agency AFSSA. The conclusion opposes that of a UK study published last month. Whether or not organic food brings nutritional benefits over conventional food has been a matter of considerable inquiry and debate. The issue came to a head last month when a study commissioned by the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) concluded that there is no evidence of nutritional superiority. Now, however, a review published in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development has said drawn wildly different conclusions. Author Denis Lairon of the University of Aix-Marseille coordinated an “up-to-date exhaustive and critical evaluation of the nutritional and sanitary quality of organic food” for AFSSA, which was originally published in 2003. The new review is based on this, as well as the findings of new studies published in the intervening years. Lairon concluded that organic plant products contain more dry matter and minerals – such as iron and magnesium – and more antioxidant polyphenols like phenols and salicylic acid. Data on carbohydrate, protein and vitamin levels are insufficiently documented, he said.

Organic animal products were seen to have more polyunsaturated fats. Is nutrition important? In the wake of the FSA report publication, organic groups and the media debated the reasons for consumers’ keenness to buy organic produce. Many concluded that nutritional benefit is not necessarily at the forefront of their minds, but they are more driven by food safety and environmental aspects such as pesticide use. ON-DEMAND WEBINAR Increase your webinar performance with expert tips and advice Get expert advice and tips from the online marketing solutions team at Decision News Media. After you attend this free web seminar, you will know how to create compelling webinar content, how to sharpen you presentation skills and how to promote your webinars effectively… Click here Unlike the authors of the FSA study, Lairon did look at food safety. He concluded that between 94 and 100 per cent of organic food does not contain any pesticide residues, and organic vegetables have about 50 per cent less nitrates. Organic cereals, however, were seen to have similar levels of mycotoxins overall compared with conventional cereals. Emphasis on quality The FSA study looked at evidence from studies published in the English language, and notably drew attention to shortfalls in the methodology of many which means their findings could not be included. The original AFSSA report, too, placed a high onus on quality or study. Selected papers had to refer to well-defined and certified organic agricultural practices, and have information on design and follow-up, valid measured parametres and appropriate sampling and statistical analysis. Source: Agronomy for Sustainable Development (2009) DOI: 10.1051/agro/2009019 “Nutritional quality an safety of organic food. A review” Author: Lairon, D.

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  1. Organic foods are simply more nutritious and a powerful healing tool for the human body. I look at organic food as the most delicious type of preventive medicine available to us!

  2. Hi Mahdi

    Great job, keep it up.

    You might wanna check out an organic farming method that also heal the environment and health too with an ancient science method, AGNIHOTRA

    Please comment and if you find it good, please recommend to all in yoru network.

    God Bless You

  3. Yes, I agreed with u ………….

    Organic food supplies us minerals like iron and magnesium, and organic food is very tasty also.

    Go for organic foods always………

    • We have to eat more organic food 🙂

  4. Hi

    Eating organic is the way to good health and the environment.

    But ensure you get the Genuien Organic produce. They are alot ‘So-Called” organic in the market who is reaping the customers.

    Even supermarket and hypermarket are the culprits. How they can brand it under house brand as organic when they are not sure where their source really comes from Certified ORganic farm?

    Be a SMART CONSUMER, look out for organic certification. Beware those GAP = Good Agriculture Practice is not organic farming practice. It is similar to Malaysia SALM. It is for conventional farming practice.

    Genuien organic produce taste different as it gives you the natural flavour, fragrance, taste and texture.

    Look for GENUIEN organic produce to support local organic farmer. With more buyers, then in times we were be able to buy cheaper genuien organic produce


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