Dutch researchers surveyed 566 organic food consumers using an online questionnaire. 19% of respondents said they had improvements in the condition of their hair, skin and nails (1).
Proponents of organic food have long claimed it to be nutritionally superior in comparison to conventionally farmed food. Certainly research that supports this position is building. A fairly recent review of 66 studies reported a higher micronutrient (vitamins and minerals) content in organic vegetables and legumes, when compared to their non-organic counterparts (2). Another review showed organic milk to be far more nutritious. Organic milk had higher protein levels, a richer omega 3 content (ALA, EPA and DHA), plus it had better levels of the weight loss aid CLA (3).
1. Van de Vijver LP, van Vliet ME (2012). Health effects of an organic diet-consumer experiences in the Netherlands. J Sci Food Agric. 2012 Feb 13. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.5614.
2. Hunter D, Foster M, McArthur JO, Ojha R, Petocz P, Samman S (2011). Evaluation of the micronutrient composition of plant foods produced by organic and conventional agricultural methods. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2011 Jul;51(6):571-82.
3. Palupi E, Jayanegara A, Ploeger A, Kahl J (2012). Comparison of nutritional quality between conventional and organic dairy products: a meta-analysis. J Sci Food Agric. 2012 Mar 19. doi: 10.1002/jsfa.5639
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