Is it worth it to buy organic foods?

MGN Online
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 10:14am

 Is it worth the money to go organic? A new study out in the British Journal of Nutrition says, it might be. This review took a look at 343 peer-reviewed studies and concluded organic produce and grains have more protective antioxidants, less pesticides, and lower levels of the toxic metal cadmium.

Jon Candelaria, a resident in the Upper Valley, said he and his friends used to buy organic food when he lived in Austin. He said El Paso doesn't have a wide selection of organic foods, so he doesn't shop organic anymore.

Candelaria said the food tasted better as well.

But experts say it's still up in the air as to how much healthier organic food is compared to conventionally grown foods.
A 2012 study by the American Academy of Pediatrics said organic foods have little health benefits overtime.

Despite the debate, Americans spent almost $32 billion on organic food in 2013. And shoppers say it's a trend that's going to stick around.

Monica Aldaz, a resident of central El Paso, said organic food costs too much, but would buy it if it was within her budget. For her, pesticides and other chemicals are a concern.

"It's going to be the norm of food soon because people are realizing that most foods have chemicals in it," Candelaria said.

Consumer Reports' Food Safety and Sustainability Center said, if you're going organic, fruits and vegetables are good place to start. It'll reduce exposure to pesticides. However, when it comes to seafood, they said there is no government approved standard for it.   

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