Organic Foods Wear A Health Halo

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on October 23, 2013 · 0 comments

Surveys consistently show that people believe that labeling foods organic means they are healthier for you. That is not necessarily true. Organic means the food is farmed or ground by strict guidelines that restrict the use of synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, growth hormones, antibiotics and genetically modified organisms. That’s good for both you and the environment but the nutrient content for organic and traditional foods is virtually identical.

That means that organic potato chips, cookies, lollipops and jelly beans are not healthier than their traditional counterparts. All these choices are high in sugar or fat. The organic choices simply have fewer preservatives or artificial colors. That may be important to you but don’t be fooled into thinking organic choices are higher in nutrients or lower in calories.

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