Organic Antioxidants

You're probably aware that, to be certified as organic, a product must meet strict guidelines that are regularly audited for compliance. This certification is based on an agricultural methodology that eliminates the use of pesticides and other potential contaminants. Although organic food products must adhere to the same FDA quality standards as their non-organic counterparts, organic certification is not a guarantee of heath benefits.

That said, a recent 4-year study undertaken by the European Union found that organic fruits and vegetables contained as much as 40% more antioxidants as non-organic produce, and organic milk provided 50% to 80% the level of antioxidants compared to conventionally produced milk. The organic milk was also much richer in vitamin E.

The Bigger Picture: There may be no guarantee that organic products provide greater health benefits but, chances are, they do. Choosing organic whole foods like those examined in the EU study is like feeding your body an extra portion of fruits and vegetables each day – without the added consumption!
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