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Study: Organic Grains Offer Superior Nutrition than Conventional or “Natural”

True, organic is slightly more expensive. This is primarily because it is not subsidized by the government in the same way that conventional food is.

But what rarely gets mentioned is that organic also offers superior nutrition.

In two research reports recently completed by The Organic Center, which examined the nutritional differences of organically farmed grains compared to “natural” and conventional varieties, the authors concluded that commercially produced organic breads are more nutrient-rich, contain more whole food ingredients and have fewer preservatives and additives than conventional breads.

Additionally, organically grown wheat can contain a higher nutrient content than wheat grown using conventional farming practices.

Some of the specific findings from the two reports include:

• 63% of organic bread ingredients were found to be significant sources of important nutrients, while only 27% of conventional bread ingredients were nutritionally beneficial.

• On average, organic breads examined contained 49% whole food ingredients vs. 24% in “natural” breads and only 12 percent in conventional breads.

• Preservatives and additives made up 27% of ingredients in the conventional breads versus only 10% in the “natural” and 7% in the organic breads.

• With fewer inputs and not having to use synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, organic crops must rely on their own natural defenses, which can help increase their antioxidant content.

• Organic farming can also encourage more robust roots, allowing for the extraction of nutrients deeper in the soil. The presence of mycorrhizal fungi in organic soil can help increase the uptake of nutrients as well.

• On average, 75% of nutrients are lost when a grain is refined and hulled, making refined bread options like conventional white bread far less superior in nutritional content.

MY TAKE

In this country, a false expectation has been created that food is supposed to be cheap, and as a result, many people are reluctant to pay extra for organic.

Therefore, it is up to each one of us to re-frame the conversation when it comes to the cost of organic.

We must inform people that spending slightly more for organic means that they are getting a product that also has more nutritional value.

As The Organic Center has correctly pointed out in its studies, organic wheat is just not the same as conventional wheat. This is the important message that needs to be shared.

To read both reports from The Organic Center – Daily Bread and With The Grain – click HERE.

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Another Reason to Eat Organic — GMOs and Weedkiller Found in Conventional Cereal

If anyone you know is still feeding their children conventional cereal, maybe this piece of news will get them to change their habits.

GMO Free USA, a non-profit that educates consumers and other stakeholders about the potential hazards of GMOs, just published its results of independent lab tests (verified by DNA analysis) done on Kellogg’s Froot Loops cereal.

Here’s what they found:

1) 100% of the corn in the Froot Loops was genetically-modified, containing DNA sequences known to be present in insecticide-producing Bt and Roundup Ready corn. This corn produces insecticides inside of the plant’s cells and cannot be washed off.

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Organic Milk – The Most Important Product a Family Can Buy

For people who are new to organic or have very limited financial means to buy organic, the one thing that I always say is the following:

The absolute number one priority in your household should be organic milk for your kids.

Even if a family thinks that organic food is out of their budget, organic milk cannot be compromised under any condition.

Organic milk is about the health of the kids, and that comes before everything else.

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10 Organic Foods You’ll Always Find in My Kitchen

For someone who loves organic food so much and cooks so often, my refrigerator is surprisingly empty. How could this be?

Well, I go food shopping A LOT and pretty much only buy whatever I need for the next meal that I’ll be eating. I have the good fortune of being able to do this because an amazing organic market is literally less a one minute walk from my apartment.

Plus, I LOVE going food shopping and making multiple trips to the market in one day is not exactly a burden. Staring at all of the amazing fruits and vegetables in the produce section is one of my favorite things to do.

Even though I do tend to “buy on-demand”, you’ll pretty much always find these 10 organic foods in my kitchen:

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