Efe raised the interesting issue of food quality on performance and weight management. This is my 1st swipe at the subject, and Im hoping others will help me find other studies. We will take it for granted that many of our regular readers and visitors like organic and home grown ( yes, I know they can be different…..urban soil could be contaminated, blah, blah!), but to develop the debate we need to nail down actual studies, not un-reference E-books, aspirational wishing or well meaning blogs
Back in 2007 the daily mail ran this story “Organic food is healthier than conventional produce and may be better at preventing cancer and heart disease, according to the biggest study of its kind”
I was interested at it mentioned a study carried out by Professor Carlo Leifert, but in his profile, I cannot see any reference
A more up to date hatchet job is this clip taken from the NHS site (2009) which seems to hate organic food
an interesting, and more up to date read is to be had at
Malene Søltoft, John Nielsen, Kristian Holst Laursen, Søren Husted, Ulrich Halekoh, Pia Knuthsen. Effects of Organic and Conventional Growth Systems on the Content of Flavonoids in Onions and Phenolic Acids in Carrots and Potatoes. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2010; 58 (19): 10323
“On the basis of the present study carried out under well controlled conditions, it cannot be concluded that organically grown onions, carrots, and potatoes generally have higher contents of health-promoting secondary metabolites in comparison with the conventionally cultivated ones,” the report states.