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What are the benefits of organic produce?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Fresh produce is coated with pesticides that pose unique risks to children, and aren't so good for you, either (think birth defects, nerve damage, cancer). By contrast, some organic, pesticide-free produce has as much as 60% more phenols -- powerful disease-fighting plant nutrients.

You can reduce your exposure to these toxins by 90% if you concentrate your organic money on just 12 products: peaches, imported nectarines, strawberries, apples, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce, potatoes, celery, kale/collard greens, domestic blueberries and sweet bell peppers. Their nonorganic versions are so soaked in pesticides that they're known as the "Dirty Dozen."
From a nutritionally standpoint, organic produce is not superior to conventionally grown produce. It can, however, be more expensive. For example, organic produce can cost around five to about 70 percent more than conventional grown foods. The price isn’t likely to decline any time soon as there is currently an unbalanced “supply and demand” issue: the demand is currently higher than the supply.

Studies have shown that organic farming can benefit the environment by reducing pesticide use, energy use, greenhouse emissions, and increase biodiversity in fields.

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