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Veggies, fruits good for health



Published: Sat, November 10, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ind.: Yet another group has weighed in on organic fruits and vegetables. It’s rather surprising, since it’s clear that eating any fruits and vegetables can only be a benefit.

Most recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics said pesticide-free food doesn’t translate to healthier people. An earlier study by Stanford University said eating organic food reduces exposure to pesticides, but “the amount measured in conventionally grown produce was within safety limits.”

All sides can agree that unless you grow your own, organic food does tend to be more expensive. Supporters say it tastes better, often is fresher, and has less impact on soil and the environment because of a lack of pesticides and shorter travel distances from farm to store.

Detractors note the label “organic” is not well defined and that the price difference and lack of noticeable health benefits make it a questionable and expensive choice.

Nutritionists agree Americans eat fewer than the recommended amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains overall, regardless of the food’s origin. Eating more of those items, whether they are canned, frozen, fresh or from a farmer’s market, is of paramount importance to a balanced diet.


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