This nutritionist doesn’t buy organic—and says you shouldn’t bother either

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When I tell people that I’m a dietitian, the first questions I get are always, “Do you eat super healthy?” and “Do you always buy organic?” The answer to the first question is hard—what “healthy eating” looks like is personal and subjective. But the second question is easy, and the answer is no.

[Editor’s note: Brierley Horton is a nutritionist and science writer.]

The main reason is that organic is not necessarily healthier….Organic dairy products and some meats likely will give you more of those good-for-you omega-3s than their conventional versions. But those nutritional differences are minor, and eating a couple servings a week of salmon, tuna, or mussels—all of which are packed with brain- and heart-healthy omega-3s—will essentially nullify any dairy and meat choices.

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Another reason I don’t go all-organic: there’s decades of nutrition research that shows eating a diet brimming with produce can cut your cancer and heart disease risk, and potentially lead you to live a longer life. Much of that research has looked at—uh-huh, you guessed it—eating conventional produce.

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