Comparing Apples To Apples

Ever wonder if the extra expense of eating organic is worth it? A new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry can shed some light on that quandary. Researchers compared the polyphenol content of Golden Delicious apples organically and conventionally grown between 2004 and 2006. They found that the organic applies packed a 15% higher antioxidant capacity.

The Bigger Picture: While it's true that a higher phytochemical concentration translates into greater antioxidant capacity, both apples are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. There's nothing wrong with either choice. If the 15% antioxidant boost is important to you, then going organic may be worth the expense. If you're taking a dietary supplement that more than makes up the difference, it might not be.

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