Foods Labeled as Organic have More Healthful Ingredients Than Conventional Foods

Example of Organic Labeled Foods

The Organic Center is great for keeping up with the organic industry and research. They recently highlighted research published in the Journal Nutrients that looked at the ingredients found in both organic and conventional foods. According to the Organic Center this study found that packaged and processed foods with the USDA Organic label contain fewer ingredients that are linked to negative health outcomes than non-organic processed foods. Specifically, organic foods contained fewer ultra-processed ingredients, less sugar and saturated fat, and lower sodium content. The study considered 8,240 organic and 72,205 conventional foods sold in the U.S. from 2019 to 2020. This study is novel because it considers processed foods that many Americans rely on for convenience, and the research focuses on the characteristics and functions of all ingredients in those foods. In contrast, past scientific studies typically compare the difference between nutritional composition or chemical residue occurrence of conventional versus organic foods, and these foods are usually in their raw form (e.g. fruits and veggies). The qualities of the processed organic food in this study are linked to better health outcomes than those found in the non-organic food. To read more from the study click this link.

Author: Bob Whitney, Regents Fellow & Extension Organic Specialist

Agriculturalist, extension educator and researcher, organic agriculture enthusiast and promoter, international program developer, Christian, husband, father and friend.

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