Until now, few studies had come to demonstrate the actual health benefits of consuming organic products. This is done by a team of researchers from Newcastle published in the British Journal of Nutrition. According to them, fruits, vegetables and organic grains have higher concentrations of antioxidants and contain less cadmium (a heavy metal) and logically, fewer pesticides.

To succeed in finally deciding on the nutritional value of organic food, researchers at Newcastle University, UK, decided to analyze in detail 343 studies on the differences between foods organic and conventional.

Organic contains more antioxidants

Result, fruits, vegetables and organic grains analyzed contained much more antioxidants than those produced by conventional agriculture. In detail, found in organic products between 19% and 69% more antioxidants (eg, phenolic acids is 19% higher and that of flavanones, 69%).
Antioxidants are compounds found in fruits and vegetables that help fight against free radicals. They would have a protective effect against cardiovascular disease , some cancers , the aging skin, the infection …

Furthermore, researchers have shown that food produced conventionally contained (logically) 4 times more pesticides and many more cadmium , a heavy metal, the excess can be harmful to kidney function.

Organic is better for your health

“This study demonstrates that the choice of products to organic standards foods can lead to increased consumption of antioxidants nutritionally desirable and reducing exposure to toxic heavy metals,” says lead author of the study, Professor Carlo Leifert of Newcastle University

“This study shows that organic food, besides it does not contain pesticide residues and protects the environment, food products at very favorable to health inherent nutritional qualities. Must take the French government account these factors and increases very significantly its efforts to support the development of the organic sector in France and promotes access for all this health food, “says François meanwhile Veillerette spokesman Future Generations.