A recent study by Stanford University has found organic fruits and vegetables were no more nutritious than their conventional counterparts. However, the study claimed that many Americans show other reasons for buying organic apart from health grounds.
Organic products typically grown without using synthetic pesticides. Similarly, organic livestock are fed organically produced feed. They are given access to outdoor, direct sunlight, fresh air and freedom of movement. Antibiotics or growth hormones are not used. Organic products account for $12.4 billion economy in America and saw growth by 12% in 2011 from 2010.
Study says, for instance, organic products mainly milk may contain more heart-healthy fatty acids than conventional milk and chicken may contain higher levels of w-3 fatty acids than conventional chicken . However, the study concluded the differences were statistically insignificant. On the other hand, organic chicken and pork less likely to be contaminated by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.