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Organic Apples and the Gut-Microbiome

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 by

Organic-Apples-and-the-Gut-MicrobiomeFrontiers of Microbiology have published a new study examining the differences in bacterial composition and microbial diversity of organically grown versus conventionally grown apples. The #gut #microbiome plays a vital role in helping control digestion as well as aiding the immune system. An imbalance of healthy and unhealthy microbes in the intestines may contribute to high blood sugar, high cholesterol, weight gain and other disorders. This study focuses on the #plant-gut microbiome axis and the importance of #raw eaten plants as a source for microbes.

Organic Diets in Pregnancy

Wednesday, 07 August 2019 by

Benefits-of-organic-foods-in-pregnancy (002)The first long term #organic diet intervention study with #pregnant women recently took place in the United States and showed that an organic diet introduction can significantly reduce exposure to some classes of #pesticides. 20 women were recruited and received weekly deliveries of either organic or conventional fruits and vegetables during their second and third trimesters. Weekly urine samples were collected and analysed for biomarkers or organophosphate (OP) and pyrethroid insecticides.

agro_coverA  report just published by the French Agency for Food Safety (AFSSA), the equivalent to the UK’s Food Standards Agency has described organic foods as being better for you,contain less pesticides and nitrates, both of which have been linked to a range of health problems including diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

This up-to-date exhaustive and critical evaluation of the nutritional quality of organic food  has found organic foods have higher levels of minerals and antioxidants, counter opposing the recent FSA report that questioned the benefits of growing and consuming organic foods.

Published in the peer reviewed journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development  this review carries substantive scientific opinion. It defines a number of advantages provided by the organic food production methods.

covtoc.dpComment: A recent report by the Food Standards Agency has raised a number of questions and as usual the opposing sides have found grist to their respective mills in the ongoing discussions. A letter in the journal Science on the 7th August 2009, reproduced below, offers a considered critique and overview of the merits of continuing to develop and consume organic food stuffs.

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