Posts Tagged ‘organic’

Informed choice

July 30, 2009

Making your own mind up about organic foodA report commissioned by the Food Standard Agency (FSA) has concluded that organic food is no healthier than non-organic food. The research supposedly found no evidence of any additional health benefits from eating organic. The FSA said the report would help people make an “informed choice”.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine studied evidence from the past 50 years. The study did find some differences in nutrition between organic & non-organically produced food – but “not large enough to be of any public health relevance”.

No differences were found in the levels of vitamin C, iron & calcium in organic crops, meat, dairy & eggs. Differences were found in levels of nitrogen & phosphorus in organic foods, however the study put this down to differences in fertiliser usage & the level of ripeness at harvest.

The review did not look at the effects of pesticides or the environmental impact of different farming practices.

“This study does not mean that people should not eat organic food. What it shows is that there is little, if any, nutritional difference between organic and conventionally produced food and that there is no evidence of additional health benefits from eating organic food.” – Gill Fine, FSA director of consumer choice and dietary health.

Study leader Dr Alan Dangour added that better quality studies were needed. 

The Soil Association said they were disappointed with the conclusions & called for better research. “The review rejected almost all of the existing studies of comparisons between organic and non-organic nutritional differences. Although the researchers say that the differences between organic and non-organic food are not ‘important’, due to the relatively few studies, they report in their analysis that there are higher levels of beneficial nutrients in organic compared to non-organic foods. Also, there is not sufficient research on the long-term effects of pesticides on human health.”  – Peter Melchett, policy director at the Soil Association.

Many feel this report has been prematurely published. There is already a long-term Europe-wide study currently underway researching the benefits of organic food. The ongoing Quality Low Input Food (QLIF) project is thoroughly researching organic food and the results are expected to reveal positive information about organic food. Some early results from QLIF were revealed in 2007 & showed many organic fruit & vegetables contained 40% more nutrients than conventionally-grown foods, including higher levels of iron & zinc. The full results from the QLIF project are not yet published & so the FSA’s report has been issued before evidence supporting organic can be given in defence.

Prof Carlo Leifert from Newcastle Uni, who is heading up the QLIF project said in 2007: “If you have just 20% more antioxidants in every portion of vegetables, then it’s simply a question of maths – eating four portions of organic fruit and vegetables is the equivalent to eating five portions of traditional fruit and vegetables.” In a report two years ago, Prof Leifert also said there is enough evidence for the FSA to change its advice on organic food and is unsure why they have not done so – “I wonder whether it’s more to do with politics.”

“If there are really no nutritional benefits to organic food (unlikely), and we can be told that as a fact, fine. But please, Powers-that-Be, don’t damage an already disproportionately credit crunch-affected sector with what can only be seen as a premature report based on, by the author’s own admission, unreliable data.” – Organic Farmers & Growers Association.

Detox Your World only retails products which it believes in & therefore, as the UK’s leading online retailer of raw organic superfoods, firmly believes in the benefits of organic food. Not only does it taste better but it’s also common sense that eating organic produce, rather than a conventionally-grown version which may be laden with chemicals, is better for our health. The full effect of pesticides on health has yet to be seen & so a report into organic food which does not include pesticides in its research cannot really be taken seriously. We fully support our organic body, the Organic Farmers & Growers association and we know that when the results of the QLIF project & other future studies are published, the media will be able to accurately report on proven scientific results & give organic food the acclaim it deserves.

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Berry good to be back

March 5, 2009
Organic goji berries

Organic goji berries

 It’s been a long time but organic goji berries are back in stock! We took the ethical decision not to sell the 2007 crop of organic goji berries after tests showed them to have been contaminated with a banned pesticide. Many other UK companies continued to sell this crop however we decided it was not in the best interests of our customers. We have really missed our little red friends and have been waiting patiently for the early 2009 crop. Wait no more as they have just arrived and are available to order now!

An almond a day

October 27, 2008

According to new research from the University of Toronto, almonds can help lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries due to a build-up of fatty deposits). This research claims almonds can be as effective as the use of a statin drug.

Raw organic white almond butter

Raw organic white almond butter

15g almonds provides 50% of our daily intake of Vitamin B6 & almost three quarters of our RDA od Vitamin E.  And according to research by King’s College in London, the fibre structure of almonds may help block the absorption of fat and carbohydrates, which could help with weight control.

Almonds should be eaten raw and unsalted in order to preserve their fibre content & essential nutrients. Try some of Detox Your World’s raw organic white almond butter for an easy way to get more almonds into your life!