So that extra two dollars you’re spending on organic produce might not actually be worth it. According to some researchers at Stanford University, organic food is no more nutritious than non-organic food.
“People choose to buy organic foods for many different reasons. One of them is perceived health benefits,” Crystal Smith-Spangler, who led a team of researchers from Stanford University and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care, told Reuters.
They found there was no difference in the amount of vitamins between organic and non-organic foods, and the only nutrient difference was slightly more phosphorus in the organic products.
Regular produce is more likely to have detectable pesticide resides compared to organic products. And organic chicken and pork are 33 percent less likely to carry bacteria than conventionally produced meat.
However, it is uncommon for either organic or conventional foods to exceed the allowable limits for pesticides, so it’s not exactly clear whether a difference in residues would have an effect on health.