For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has come out with an opinion on organic foods, which can cost up t0 40% more than conventional products. In the November issue of the organization’s journal, AAP experts find that some foods may be worth the extra cost while others show no “individual health benefit.”
Conclusions from the study, which looked at organic produce, dairy, and meats, were mixed. For instance, the AAP found that organic produce offers the same vitamin and mineral levels, but have lower levels of pesticides which could be important for children. Similarly, organically raised animals are less likely to be contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria.
But in the long term, the AAP said there is no direct evidence that eating organic leads to improved health or lower risk of disease.
The report also found no relevant differences between organic and conventional milks.
Experts are quick to point out that these findings don’t necessarily mean that they are no health benefits from eating organic food – especially for pregnant women and children. Specialists hope that future research and long-term clinical trials demonstrate the impact of organic eating.
Source: ABC News “Organic Food for Kids: Buy This, Not That”