I Never Thought Eating Organic Was More Nutritious per se…Did You?

Stanford scientists published a much talked about study this week entitled, “Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier than Conventional Alternatives?: A Systematic Review.” The conclusion of the study states, “The published literature lacks strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods. Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”

There has been a lot of talk about this because many folks are under the assumption that eating organic is more nutritious. The NY Times had an interesting piece on it as well. Here is a link to the article. I was honestly surprised to hear that. When I choose to purchase organic foods or products, it is for preventative reasons. I want to avoid the bad stuff, like pesticide residue and bacteria and who knows what else mentioned above. I also have a hidden hope that the produce will taste better, more like real fruits and vegetables should taste (not always the case). But, I have never thought that they’d be more vitamin and nutrient-laden.

If you buy organic, what is your motivation? I’m curious to hear.


  1. I haven’t always thought organic = more nutritious. I do think quality of soil has to do with nutrient richness of foods, though. And, I buy organic (mostly, if not locally grown, organically grown, etc) because of: lowered pesticides, no antibiotics/hormones (meat/dairy) and no gmos. I would love to say I buy organic for environmental reasons…that is on my radar, but it isn’t the main reason. Just being honest 😉

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