Viewpoint: Organic ingredients don’t make junk food less fattening or more nutritious

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Our increasingly health-conscious society has created more and more of a demand for organic versions of our favorite junk foods ― things like Newman’s Own “Oreos” or Annie’s boxed mac and cheese ― and American consumers are eating it up. But are these products actually healthier for us than their non-organic equivalents?

Studies show that organic crops contain higher levels of antioxidants and certain vitamins and minerals, for one, and organic dairy contains much higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, eating organically means limiting your exposure to chemical pesticides and herbicides….

[Editor’s note: Current research shows no significant nutritional difference between organic and conventional food. Pesticides on food currently pose no threat to human health.]


Organic junk foods also may contain similarly refined sugars and starches. Although the USDA restricts the use of high fructose corn syrup….brown rice syrup ― a highly refined sweetener with an equally high glycemic index ― is often used as a replacement.

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