The bottom line is YES!!!
It is actually a quite complicated question that comes down to how you define NUTRITION.
Nutrition is more than just the nutrient content of produce. The specific genes that control what fruit or vegetable appear on the field require a minimum level of vitamins and minerals to produce a final product. Organic may give you higher levels of some nutrients but that is not the most important issue in this discussion. We have to observe the contamination of non-organic produce with pesticides, insecticides and stress. As far as we know, produce cannot meditate to lower their stress levels. I don’t think farmers play soothing music or whisper sweet words of encouragements to all their plants in the field.
What is happening to plants is the stress of chemical contamination (herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, etc) causing lower levels in the final product of antioxidants. An example of an important antioxidant is phenols. In addition, you are ingesting these chemical contaminates when you consume produce, especially The Dirty Fourteen.
With the top Dirty Fourteen.
Ain’t in the gene.
It is sight unseen.
I say really obscene.
That we are consuming a chemical latrine.
Keep that body clean.
Substitute USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) organic for THE DIRTY FOURTEEN.
The more consumers demand and purchase organic produce the lower the prices will go at the market. Choose wisely with the most contaminated produce listed below:
3. Sweet Bell Peppers
6. Nectarines (imported)
11. Blueberries (domestic)
13. Green Beans
14. Leafy Greens (Kale and Collards)
Check out the phone app EWG (Environmental Working Group) Dirty Dozen. I added the green beans and leafy greens even though they are not as bad as the top 12. They have been only recently found to be contaminated with some nasty pesticides.
Also, please see the web site, http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/dirty-dozen-foods#slide-1
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