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What are the health benefits gained by consuming organic food?

Many associate “organic” with “healthy,” but this is not always the case. For example, organic cane sugar is no better for you than normal cane sugar. A brownie made with organic sugars and nuts will contain just as many calories as one made with conventional items.

However, research has shown organic dairy to be nutritionally superior to conventional dairy. You're also less likely to be exposed to pesticides if you eat the organic versions of produce with thin or edible skin. These include fruits and vegetables known as the “dirty dozen”: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, grapes, spinach, lettuce and potatoes.

The bottom line: If you buy organic, it should be because you want something produced with a lower environmental impact and less pesticides, not because you are looking for a healthier or more nutritious food.

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