Do you want to have vibrant health long into your golden years? If so, then aim to pack the most nutrition and antioxidants into each and every meal you enjoy.
And the best way to do that? Eat organic.
In fact, a recent comprehensive review of more than 97 studies found that there are more antioxidants in organics.
In the report, “New Evidence Confirms the Nutritional Superiority of Plant-Based Organic Foods,” researchers found that organic, plant-based foods contain higher levels of eight out of 11 nutrients studied. That includes significantly greater concentrations of health-promoting antioxidants and polyphenols.
Specifically, the researchers found that organically and sustainably grown corn and marionberries contained up to 65 percent more phenolic compounds – powerful, health-promoting antioxidants – than did the conventionally grown crops. And sustainably grown strawberries contained 19 percent more.
Another study, conducted by the USDA, compared the contents of lycopene in 13 brands of ketchup. The results showed that the organic ketchup brands packed 57% more lycopene than the national brands and 55% more than store brands.
What’s more, researchers have found that organically grown plant foods are 25 percent more nutrient-dense. That means they deliver more nutrition – calorie for calorie – than their conventional counterparts.
Not only are organic foods better because you get MORE nutrients… but also because you get LESS toxins.
Choosing organic produce greatly reduces your exposure to health harming pesticides. A wide range of pesticides have been linked with adverse effects on fertility, and fetal development as well of an increased cancer risk. In fact more than 90% of conventionally grown produce contains pesticide residue,compared with only 20% of organically produced fruits and vegetables.
If you’re worried about growth hormones, antibiotics and genetically modified organisms (GMOs), buying organic foods can eliminate that concern, as well. Growth hormones have been linked to early puberty as well as a higher risk of certain cancers.
And finally, organic foods taste better. They taste better because they must produce higher levels of defense compounds, including antioxidants and flavonoids, in order to protect themselves from pests. The result is a brighter juicier tomato, a more succulent peach, and bluer blueberries, all the way nature intended.
In addition to filling your plate with a wide array of colorful organic vegetables and low glycemic organic fruits (including berries), be sure to choose clean organic sources of protein (like grass-fed beef, wild fish and pastured eggs), along with powerful herbs and spices (like oregano, cinnamon and turmeric) to get the most antioxidant benefits.