This week the newspapers were full of a Stanford University Study which said there was little evidence that Organic Produce was any better than Conventional Produce. Of course it created a buzz because a lot of people fear that whenever they buy organic they are really taking part in one big delusion and paying more for the privilege.
But for me the article just reminded me of what is wrong with food and nutrition information and why so many people have become paralyzed about how to eat well. Whether organic is better than conventional produce really does not begin to matter in a world where people just do not eat fresh fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. It does not matter in a world where children can go days with a tomato slice or a leaf of lettuce from a hamburger as their only vegetable. The study showed that organic produce had a lower amount of pesticide residue than the conventional produce but even the conventional produce has barely any pesticide residue on it. The study also mentioned that the organic produce likely tasted better but is that better enough to justify the higher cost? Do the non-organic not taste almost as good and if their lower price encourage people to buy more fruits and vegetables then are we not all better off health-wise?
So much of what makes nutrition news is irrelevant to healthier eating habits. Buy fruits and vegetables from any source, except maybe a dioxin filled swamp, and just eat them!
I will pull out of the Archives my previous article on this whole “Organic” issue and re-post it on my home page.