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Study Says Organic Food Not Healthier

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Natural foods are different from organic foods. Only products inspected and certified by the USDA can have a label that says 'organic.' Natural foods can't contain any additives, such as preservatives or artificial coloring.

Natural foods are different from organic foods. Only products inspected and certified by the USDA can have a label that says ‘organic.’ Natural foods can’t contain any additives, such as preservatives or artificial coloring.

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STANFORD, Calif. (CBS News) – New research by Stanford University reports that organic foods may not be any healthier for you than a non-organic option.

Researchers looked at 237 studies which compared the nutrient content; level of the bacterial, fungal or pesticide contamination or difference in diets when people opted to go organic versus non-organic. They concluded that there was little significant difference in health benefits between organic and conventional foods. While conventional food had created more health risks, most seemed to be within the safety limits or the links to associated problems were inconclusive. The information was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on Sept. 4.

But, it’s the increased risk that has the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an environmental organization that focuses on public health and the environment, worried. Sonya Lunder, a senior analyst with EWG said to HealthPop that the organization disagreed with the way that the study was put together, and that people should pay closer attention to the information.

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