Not hugely surprising, but still interesting...

Merin Porter
Merin Porter Posts: 1,026 admin
edited November 2020 in General Health

An article from Consumer Reports:

"To help you understand just what you’re getting when you buy organic, we took a close look at the five top-selling organic foods—cow’s milk, prepackaged salad, eggs, health and nutrition bars, and bread—according to the data analytics company Nielsen."


  • ines871
    ines871 Posts: 1,283 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Merin Porter - Thanks for sharing this, especially this " in 2015 & 2016, 19 people in 9 states became ill with listeriosis after eating Organic packaged leafy greens; all were hospitalized, & 1 person died. -- The safest move is to stick with leafy greens that you cook. “If you cook greens until they are fully wilted, they’re likely to have been heated enough to be safe,”

    And this guide says steaming... is the healthiest way, to cook them to retain the most nutrients

    The Listeria bacteria (which kills) actually grows in the fridge, so the sooner you cook them & eat them, PLUS of course maintain a healthy Immune system, the better protected the person is.

  • merlin44
    merlin44 Posts: 426 ✭✭✭✭

    The article reinforces the need to grow your own. Only then can one be certain that what we consume is truly organic. It's less expensive and healthier than relying on government labeling that, at the least, is unreliable.

  • Scott Sexton
    Scott Sexton Posts: 42 ✭✭✭

    I watched a video once that "debunked" organic food. It talked about how the nutrition of the big agri non-organic and big agri organic foods was virtually the same. Well of course it was. Better nutrition comes from growing conditions; not the presence or absence of pesticides. Buying organic isn't necessarily about nutrition as much as it is about avoiding poisons. Thank you for the link!

  • Merin Porter
    Merin Porter Posts: 1,026 admin

    Hiya, @Scott Sexton! And it's important to remember that no matter how much nutrition something has in it when it's harvested, that nutrition starts to drastically decline depending on time-to-table, storage conditions, etc. So if you can't grow your own, go as local as possible and eat it as quickly as possible after it has been harvested when it's as ripe as possible.

  • ines871
    ines871 Posts: 1,283 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Well said @Merin Porter 🙂