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Nutritional Value of Organic Vegetables Compared To Grocery Store Veggies

Amber Harmon

Nutritional Value of Organic Vegetables Compared To Grocery Store Veggies

Organic Vegetables Are The Right Choice

People have disputed for years whether organic vegetables are actually better for you than traditionally grown vegetables. A study in 2014 provides factual evidence that organically grown vegetables can supply the body with nutrients and antioxidants that standard, store bought vegetables don’t. The study was conducted by a group of mainly European scientists who were trying to rebut a 2012 study published by some researchers at Stanford University. The original study from Stanford stated that eatingorganic food vs. conventional food doesn’t really make a difference. As you can imagine, this brought about some controversy. That is when the group of European researchers conducted their own study. They found many similarities between traditional and organic food, however they also found that organic fruits and vegetables are 20-40% higher in antioxidants (The British Journal of Nutrition, quoted in NPR http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/07/11/330760923/are-organic-vegetables-more-nutritious-after-all). Antioxidants are important as they protect and heal the body.Organically grown food is also known to have more nutrients due to the soil that the fruit and vegetables are planted in. The reason behind this is that organic farmers tend to practice sustainability better than large corporations who grow massive amounts of food with the minimal amount of expenditures. Not all organic food appears to have more nutrients than their counterparts, but organic fruits and vegetables do have a slightly more nutritious value and a lot more antioxidants!

Recent Studies

According to the article “Top Ten Reasons To Go Organic”, on average, organically grown foods provide 21.1% more iron than non-organic; 27% more vitamin C;  29.3% more magnesium; and 13.6% more phosphorus.Some other things to consider about organic food vs. traditional grocery store food are:

  • Pesticides- It’s no secret that there are more pesticides found in non-organic foods. One major pesticide found in non-organic food is Organophosphorus, which is a harmful compound that is linked to developmental issues such as autism and ADHD. Organically grown foods still use pesticides, however, they must be derived from natural sources.
  • GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) - There has been a lot of talk around this issue. Food that is genetically modified means that it has had genes from other plants or animals added to it. When you eat genetically modified food, you don’t really know what you’re putting into your body. Be careful, because about 80% of the processed foods you see walking down the aisle at a grocery store is are genetically modified.
  • Organic fruits and vegetables simply taste better than the traditional store bought kind. The raw, fresh and earthy taste of eating organic produce is worth it.
  • Support our ecosystem- Organic farming doesn’t hurt the ecosystem like traditional farming does. It is bad enough that so many people eat foods containing pesticides and chemicals, but think about the animals and insects in the farms. It is the cycle of life that animals, bugs and insects eat vegetables and fruit, so when the plants are sprayed with chemicals, the animals become diseased.

Call Upon Sungold Gardens

At Sungold Gardens, we set your own organic, non- GMO garden in your own backyard. We bring the raised garden bed, plant the organic vegetables and even service them! It’s never been easier to eat healthy.  Check out our website for more information.