Scientists at Rutgers University set-out several years ago to specifically disprove any claim that organic produce was more nutritious than non-organic produce. The study used commercially grown produce from supermarkets and organically grown produce from health food stores. The main focus was to analyze the mineral content of the various vegetables and compare them for nutrition value.
The term “commercial” refers to produce which is grown using a variety of chemicals that either destroys plant pests or chemicals that can enhance plant growth. A number of these chemicals are known carcinogens and are also toxic to the soil and environment.
While the researchers in the study were open to finding an outcome that might show a very slightly higher content in the organic produce than in the commercial produce, which they thought would be due to the chemicals used to grow the commercial plants, the outcomes of the study shocked the researchers! When they saw that the amount of iron found in the commercial spinach was 97% higher than in the non-organic spinach and that manganese was 99% higher in the organic over the commercial, they were truly amazed. In the commercially grown vegetables many trace elements were completely absent compared to the organic produce where they were abundant.
Here are some comparisons from the study:
- Snap Beans org = 10.45 phosphorus compared to 4.04 in commercial
- Snap Beans org = .36 magnesium compared to .22 in commercial
- Snap Beans org = 227 boron compared to 10 in commercial
- Snap Beans org = 69 iron compared to 3 in commercial
- Cabbage org = 10.38 phosphorus compared to 6.12 in commercial
- Cabbage org = .38 magnesium compared to .18 in commercial
- Cabbage org = 94 boron compared to 20 in commercial
- Cabbage org = 48 iron compared to .04 in commercial
- Lettuce org = 24.48 phosphorus compared to 7.01 in commercial
- Lettuce org = .43 magnesium compared to .22 in commercial
- Lettuce org = 516 boron compared to 9 in commercial
- Lettuce org = 60 iron compared to 3 in commercial
- Tomatoes org = 14.2 phosphorus compared to 7.01 in commercial
- Tomatoes org = .35 magnesium compared to .16 in commercial
- Tomatoes org = 1938 boron compared to 1 commercial
- Tomatoes org = 53 iron compared to 0 in commercial
- Spinach org = 28.56 phosphorus compared to 12.38 in commercial
- Spinach org = .52 magnesium compared to .27 in commercial
- Spinach org = 1584 compared to 49 in commercial
- Spinach org = 32 iron compared to .3 in commercial
Here’s a shocking outcome of this study – in all 5 of the tested vegetables: snap beans, cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes and spinach the organic vegetables, all contained healthy levels of cobalt, an essential trace mineral compared to the commercial vegetables which contain none.
There indeed appears to be a difference between organic and commercially grown produce. For more information go to: http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~insects/robson/All%20about%20Organic.pdf
- Dr. Georgianna Donadio
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