ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Local dietitian Jenna Braddock said a new report about organic food by Stanford University should not change whether you go organic.
The report concluded that organic foods do not contain more nutrients than traditional foods.
However, Braddock said that is not the only reason for consumers to choose organic options.
"They do it because of the environmental impact or sustainability or the relationship with their farmers," explained Braddock. "All of those things are really important things and that should not be discredited from this report."
The report revealed that those who eat organic foods have fewer pesticides in their bodies, though the long term health effects of pesticides are not known.
Braddock also said this report cannot be considered the final word because arming research is extremely difficult to complete with accuracy.
"It depends on the type of soil, the environment, what happened on that plot of land five years ago, which way did the wind blow, honestly," Braddock shared. "So it's really difficult to get good controls that are comparable to other environments."
But the results were not all bad, said Braddock.
"The good news from this study I think is that it shows regardless the type of produce or meat that you choose, you know, it still can benefit your health and still be good for you if you choose conventional produce or organic," reasoned Braddock.
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