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New Study: Organic Tomatoes Are Healthier!

organic_tomatoesWhile organic farming practices are certainly good for the environment, there’s been little evidence to show that organic produce is any healthier. In fact, with the exception of organic milk, the vast majority of research has found no link between organic food and nutritional or health benefits.

Even the American Cancer Society found no link between organic foods and reduced cancer risk:

At this time, no research exists to demonstrate whether such foods are more effective in reducing cancer risk than are similar foods produced by other farming methods.

Having said all of that, a recent study by researchers at the Federal University of Caera in Brazil found that organic tomatoes are higher in vitamin C and antioxidants than conventional tomatoes. Though smaller in size, organic tomatoes had 55% more vitamin C and 139% richer in antioxidants. In other words, the organic tomatoes may be smaller in size – but they’re of higher quality.

One theory suggests that because organic farmers don’t reduce environmental stress through pesticides, the tomatoes fortify themselves with higher levels of nutrients.

Still, it’s just one study against a myriad of studies that demonstrate otherwise – and it’s impossible to apply the findings to all tomatoes, fruits or vegetables grown elsewhere in the world. But it may help breathe new life into the nutritional case for organic produce – and provide some justification for the higher prices when compared to conventional produce.