Researchers: Eating organic provides much greater nutritional intake vs. conventional foods

(NaturalNews) Despite propaganda put out by the pesticide and genetically modified organism (GMO) industries, the evidence is clear: organic food has a higher nutrient content than food produced with GMOs and synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.

The issue is only increasing in relevance as consumers continue to turn to organic rather than conventionally produced foods. From 2014 to 2015, the amount consumers spent on packaged organic products went from $12.8 billion to $13.4 billion. That doesn’t include sales of organic produce, bulk dried goods, meat, or meals at organic restaurants.

Yet you’ll still hear certain scientists, along with pesticide and GMO company spokespeople, claim that organic food is no better for you than “conventional” food. What’s the truth? (RELATED: Discover more news about healthful vs. harmful food ingredients at Ingredients.news)

Dramatically higher antioxidant content

The evidence for organic foods’ superior nutrient content just keeps getting stronger. In 2011, the journal Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences published what was, at that time, one of the most sophisticated analyses of the prior research comparing nutrient content of organic and conventional foods. They found that in general, organic foods tend to be higher in antioxidants (including vitamin C) and phenolic acids, but may be lower in protein and vitamin A.

They hypothesized that the main difference between the foods is the excessive use of synthetic fertilizers in conventional agriculture, which adds much more nitrogen to the plants’ diets. This leads to a reduction in stress, causing the plants to produce fewer defense-related secondary metabolites, such as vitamin C and other antioxidants. But it may cause the plant to accumulate more nitrogen in the form of protein, and to increase the content of secondary metabolites unrelated to defense, like vitamin A.

The researchers found that the levels of secondary plant metabolite-based nutrients in organic fruits and vegetables were about 12 percent higher in organic than in non-organic produce. Defense-related secondary metabolites in particular were 16 percent higher.

“This subset encompasses most of the important, plant-based antioxidants that promote good health,” the researchers wrote.

In 2014, an even more comprehensive analysis reviewed the findings of 343 prior peer-reviewed studies on the same topic. This paper, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, was the largest such analysis ever performed.

The researchers found much stronger results than the analysis from three years prior. They found that the antioxidant content of organic fruits and vegetable was between 19 and a shocking 69 percent higher than that of non-organic produce. This difference was large enough that shifting to an all-organic diet could provide the same nutritional benefit as eating an extra two servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

Organic food lower in poisons

Higher nutrient content isn’t the only reason that organic food is better for your health, of course. Organic food is guaranteed free of GMOs, which have been linked to organ and reproductive problems.

It is also free from the residue of dangerous pesticides that have also been linked to problems across the health spectrum.

According a study published in the journal Environmental Research, switching to an organic diet can reduce an adult’s overall pesticide exposure by 90 percent. Another study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, showed the same effect over the long-term. It found that study participants who reported eating a higher proportion of organic produce showed evidence of significantly less organophosphate pesticide exposure than participants who ate mostly conventional produce.

This translates into real health benefits. According to a letter published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, you can reduce your pesticide-related health risk by 94 percent just by eating only organic forms of the top six most pesticide-intensive fruits (currently strawberries, apples, nectarines, peaches, grapes and cherries).

Despite the growing popularity and increasingly strong case for organic foods, farmers have been slow to convert their farmland to organic production. Several major food companies are now offering monetary incentives to help farmers make the switch.

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Hemp seed oil: The new healthy oil full of EFAs

Have you had your hemp seed oil today?

Hemp was one of the first cultivated crops in recorded history.  The oil that is pressed from the hemp seed is extremely healthy for the human body.  The decline in hemp seed oil consumption perhaps comes from the rise of the Western diet and the belief that it contains THC, which it does not.  What it does contain is the optimal balance between Omega 6 and Omega 3 EFA’s, essential fatty acids.   The Western diet is industrialized for maximum efficiency and most raw, natural foods were pushed-out by highly processed long shelf-life reduced nutrition chemical laden disease causing “food”.   The good news is real foods are slowing making a comeback in our diets after a long sad departure.

Of course, we’ve all been hearing how Omega 3 fish oil is great for our body and that we should be eating more fish that contain high amounts of it, like salmon. Unfortunately, lots of fish, especially farm-raised fish, contain high amounts of mercury and other toxins that are added to their food or now found in our polluted oceans.  That’s what makes hemp seed oil a great alternative to fish oil.

Hemp seed oil contains up to 80% EFAs which is highest among all plant sources.  It also contains vitamin D (the only plant source that contains it), and is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.  You can also apply it to your skin as a conditioner and as a natural sunscreen.

The same rules apply to hemp seed oil as they do when buying extra virgin olive oil, the higher the quality, the better.  Look for unrefined oil only; if its clear and light in color or in a plastic bottle, don’t buy it.  Look for a slightly cloudy, dark-colored oil in a glass bottle.  You can use it in a similar matter as extra-virgin olive oil, heck  just mix it together and add it your salads or toasted bread.  I’m gonna try myself a piece now.

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Health blogger threatened with jail time for advocating Paleo diet that cured his diabetes

Example of the Paleo-diet

The article linked here, is a scary example of how some government people are trying to stop people from getting healthy.  This blogger is being warned of possible jail time because he writes about his experience while on the paleo-diet, the so-called caveman diet.  The diet is pretty much everything except carbs.  Fish, meat, nuts, veggies, fruits and natural oils.  Nothing processed and minimal carbs.  High in protein and healthy fats (like omega 3).

He actually reversed his diabetes with this diet.

Because of this, he is telling everyone who reads his blog that drugs are not necessary for treating diabetes. And is that a good reason for the government to go after him?

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Health blogger threatened with jail time for advocating Paleo diet that cured his diabetes.