NPA defends benefits of organic food

NPA defends benefits of organic food

Shaw says organic foods lower exposure to pesticides and drug-resistant bacteria.

Statement from Natural Products Association Executive Director and CEO John Shaw regarding the recent study about the differences between organic and conventional foods.

“The Natural Products Association is pleased that the Annals of Internal Medicine confirmed organic foods lower your exposure to pesticides and drug-resistant bacteria. I think most Americans would agree these are extremely positive qualities of organic foods.

"In addition, researchers found higher levels of beneficial phenols in organic produce, omega-3s in organic milk and chicken, and omega-7 in organic chicken. The benefits of these important compounds on brain and heart health have been well established through numerous scientific studies.

"It’s worth noting that organic refers to the method of production, not nutritional value. There are a wide range of organic cosmetics, medicines, even dry cleaning. Consumers who buy organic products care about a healthy environment and avoid risk to potentially harmful substances.

"Finally, there are a variety of organic dietary supplements on store shelves as well. Organic foods, along with supplementation as needed, can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle.”

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