Organic foods are no more nutritious than their non-organic counterparts, according to a new study. Researchers at Stanford University reviewed the nutrient content in both organic and non-organic produce, grains, meat, and dairy products. Despite being 30 percent less likely to carry trace levels of pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, organic foods weren't any more nutritious. “There wasn’t any strong evidence to support the idea that organic foods are significantly healthier,” said Crystal Smith-Spangler, the study’s lead author. Organic foods now make up 4.2 percent of all retail sales in the U.S. for a total of $31.4 billion. There have yet to be any large-scale studies assessing the overall health benefits of organic products.
Via CBS News
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