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New study finds scant evidence of health benefits from eating organic foods
The Globe And Mail

Many people buy organic foods thinking they’re better for them than their conventional cousins. Yet findings from a new study – the most comprehensive analysis to date – casts doubt on this notion.

There’s no nutritional or safety differences between organic and conventional foods, dispelling the belief that organic food is always healthier and more nutritious, according to the report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Researchers at Stanford University Medical Center in California reviewed 237 studies – 17 human studies and 223 studies that compared nutrient and contaminant levels (bacterial, fungal and pesticide) in foods grown organically and conventionally.

There were no consistent differences in the vitamin content between organic and conventional produce. Only one nutrient – phosphorus – was higher in organic versus conventional produce. But because a phosphorus deficiency is rare in North America, this finding is unlikely to be clinically important. There was also no difference in the fat and protein content between organic and conventional milk.

La nourriture organique, à ajouter au liste des superstitions modernes… À consommer si vous avez la foi…