Taste– The Reason Why Organic is Healthier | Rachel Begun, MS, RD

The nutrition community is waiting for research confirming whether organic produce contains more nutrients than conventionally-grown produce. In essence, we want to know if organic is healthier than conventional.

There is research showing greater pesticide residues on conventional produce, which is harmful to both humans and the planet.  There is even preliminary research indicating that organically-grown produce contains more antioxidants than their conventionally-grown counterparts, as antioxidants are plants’ natural pesticides. The thinking is that when pesticides are sprayed on conventional produce, antioxidant production by the plant is minimized because the plant has “been given” protection from pests and so doesn’t have to make it.

I’m all for research confirming or denying the greater nutrition benefits of organic, but in my opinion there is a much simpler explanation: taste.

If you have ever eaten an organic egg, apple or tomato then you know where I’m going with this.  In my opinion, organic almost always tastes better. And people choose food that tastes good.

We all know that a bad food experience can turn us off to ever eating that food again. And that’s why I think this country is so resistant to eating fruits and veggies. The doctored up processed food on supermarket shelves has more flavor than the fresh food they have been exposed to.

Would our consumption of fresh fruits and veggies increase if we all had access to the delicious local, seasonal and organic produce that the minority can enjoy?

Of course there is no research confirming this, but I am willing to go out on a limb and say that I think the answer would be yes.

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2 Responses to Taste– The Reason Why Organic is Healthier

  1. I am always amazed at the taste difference especially in strawberries and bananas. Organic tastes so much better, you are right!

  2. matt says:

    I must agree that organic fruits and vegetables do taste a lot better. Its because they don’t have all the pesticedes and fertilizers. The only thing that is a downfall is the cost is way more for the organic.

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