I could not believe my eyes when I saw the newspaper headlines that claimed that organic food was no healthier than ordinary food. If that is so then why is organic food recommended on a detox diet?
The Food Standards agency has sent shock waves through the organic food movement with the publication of the report done by the The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine that states that organic food is no healthier than mass produced, chemically laden and intensively farmed produce. I think you will agree that this defies anyone’s logic.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is the UK Government’s watchdog created in 2000 to reputedly protect the Nation’s health. How can they be saying this when it’s own published research clearly shows that organic food is far better than conventionally grown produce?
Many studies have been totally ignored
Critics point out that the research was in fact a review of only 55 previous studies out of more than 50,000 which left out many important studies. Other research, some funded by the EU, being done by other organizations is being totally ignored.
The FSA even states on its website that “Eating organic food is one way to reduce consumption of pesticide residues and additives” and that of course is why it’s best to eat organic on a detox diet. The aim of a detox diet is to reduce the chemical toxins in the body not add to them. But they go on to say that current scientific evidence does not support the view that organic food it is more nutritious.
Organic produce higher in many nutrients
This flies in the face of its own findings that organic vegetables contain 53% more beta carotene, 11% more zinc, 38.4% more flavanoids and 12.7% more protein than non-organic food. Another study done by Newcastle University showed that organic produce contains 40% more cancer fighting antioxidants. This looks far more nutritious to me and is why I recommend eating as much organic produce even if you are not on a detox diet.
But even if it wasn’t they are overlooking the mounting evidence that pesticides have been implicated in cancer and many other diseases. More and more studies have linked Parkinson’s disease with pesticides. And they are not taking into account the effects of a cocktail of pesticides that have only even been studied in isolation.
And what about the routine use of anti-biotics and hormones that cattle and poultry are fed for rapid growth? Scientists are concerned that antibiotic medicines are losing their effectiveness on humans due to their increased use in animal feed and that the use of artificial growth hormones pose a risk to our health.
If you think of your body as an engine and your food as the fuel then the cleaner the fuel the better performance. Don’t believe all this propaganda from an oganisation that is biased against organic food and keen to promote GM farming. I still recommend that you eat as much organic produce as you can generally as well as on a detox diet. Find out which fruit and vegetables have the most pesticide residue here.