Is organic food more nutritious than non-organic food?

Several studies have compared the impact of organic farming versus conventional farming on fruits, vegetables and dairy. In one review, some organic foods had slightly better nutritional content and durability, but more studies are needed to determine whether or not organic foods are actually superior. Another review, which looked at the safety of organic versus conventional foods, found no evidence that organic foods are more nutritious than conventional ones, but they may reduce exposure to pesticides and antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Organic equals nutritious. Plain and simple. Chemically made food is not nutritious. If we make claims about organic being "more" nutritious, we confer "nutritious" status on foods made with chemicals. From what we are learning, chemicals challenge our bodies in a manner that does not "nurture" on any level. As such, we can't call chemically-made food less nutritious than organic -- we must state it as not nutritious. Thus, anyone we feed -- be it our own bodies, our kids, our pets…that we wish to nurture, we should be feeding them organic.
No. Research to date doesn't not support that organic foods are more nutritious than conventionally grown foods.
Unfortunately, organic foods tend to cost more than those that are conventionally grown. For example, organic produce can range can cost being around five to about 70 percent more than conventional foods.

If you are on a tight food budget, don't let the term "organic" be the driving force for your purchase. 
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Researchers at Stanford University recently released a study that questions the nutritional benefits of buying organic foods. The study found very little nutritional difference between organic and conventional produce and meat.

The researchers performed a type of study called a meta-analysis. They identified 237 different studies that compare organic foods to conventional foods and used statistics to compare the research.

The researchers concluded that fruits and vegetables labeled organic were, on average, no more nutritious than their conventionally grown counterparts. That means organic foods may not contain any extra vitamins or minerals like vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, calcium, iron, protein, and magnesium. The only exception was phosphorus. The researchers found that organic foods (including carrots, celery, corn, plums, onions, and potatoes) had higher levels of phosphorus.
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Alan Greene, MD
There's a lot of debate about whether organic food is more nutritious than non-organic food. Watch the video to find out what I have to say about the nutritional differences between organic and non-organic food.

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