states 4 reasons why you should eat organic:
1) Fewer pesticides and heavy metals
Fruits, vegetables and grains labeled organic are grown without the use of most synthetic pesticides or artificial fertilizers. (The National Organic Standard Board does allow some synthetic substances
to be used.) While such chemicals have been deemed safe in the quantities used for conventional farming, health experts still warn about the potential harms of repeated exposure.
2) More healthy fats
When it comes to meat and milk, organic products can have about 50% more omega-3 fatty acids
, a type of unsaturated healthy fat, than conventionally produced products, according to a 2016 study in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Organic milk tested in the study also had less saturated fat than non-organic.
3) No antibiotics or synthetic hormones
Conventional livestock can be fed antibiotics to protect against illness, making it easier for farmers to raise animals in crowded or unsanitary conditions. The FDA limited the use of certain antibiotics for livestock earlier this year, but loopholes in the legislation
still exist. And with the exception of poultry
, conventionally raised animals can also be injected with synthetic growth hormones, so they’ll gain weight faster or produce more milk.
4) More antioxidants, in some cases
In a recent six-year study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
, researchers found that organic onions had about a 20% higher antioxidant content
than conventionally grown onions