Organic food ‘better’ for heart


Organic fruit and vegetables may be better for you than conventionally grown crops, US research suggests.

Source: Organic food ‘better’ for heart

That’s what the headline says. Chances are, if you are a headlines-skimmer, you will just absorb the headline for what it is, and let go. Read the opening line again, notice the may be better nature of the words.

Ahead in the article:

The Food Standards Agency says there is some evidence that flavonoids can help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and they are currently carrying out a study to look at the health benefits in more detail.

However, a spokesperson said there was no evidence that organic food was healthier.

“Our long-standing advice on organic food is there can be some nutrient differences but it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily better for you.”

For example, a recent study found that organic milk had higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, but the FSA points out that these short-chained fatty acids do not seem to have the health promoting benefits offered by long-chained omega-3 oils found in oily fish.

And then back to where it all started:

“These findings also confirm recent European research, which showed that organic tomatoes, peaches and processed apples all have higher nutritional quality than non-organic.”

The entire article is a sine wave of organic food being better or not and the lack of any factual evidence to prove it either ways. I don’t have anything against organic foods. I am not sure I like this as news or a way to present news.

Just wordplay?

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