Organic foods are essentially no more nutritious than conventionally produced foods, but whether they are safer is still an unanswered question, according to a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released here during its 2012 National Conference and Exhibition.Go ahead.
The AAP conducted an extensive analysis of scientific evidence surrounding organic produce, dairy products, and meat. The conclusion was mixed: Although organic foods have the same vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins, and other nutrients as conventional foods, they also have lower pesticide levels and, in the case of meat, are less likely to be contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria, because antibiotics are not used in these animals.
"In the long term, there is currently no direct evidence that consuming an organic diet leads to improved health or lower risk of disease," AAP officials said in a statement.
The new recommendations were presented at a press conference during the meeting and concurrently published online October 22 in the journal Pediatrics.
"We found no significant difference in nutrients in organic vs conventional foods, with the caveat that such studies are very difficult to conduct due to many confounding factors," said Joel Forman, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City. Dr. Forman was on the AAP Council on Environmental Health when the effort was initiated.
Waste your money.
But don't expect the rest of us to bail you out when you get your fatso diseases of choice thinking that eating organic was going to save you from Calories.