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Does Eating Organic Actually Lower Your Risk of Cancer?
Whether organic foods actually protect your health has been a subject of intense debate up to this point.
Research hasn’t found any clear conclusions.
Gigantic corporations seem to find additional evidence which supports their pesticides are in fact not as dangerous as claimed.
But then again, they have a huge material interest to protect.
In the time being, many people remain convinced that going organic definitely protects your health.
After all, absolutely no exposure to carcinogens would be much better than minimal exposure to carcinogens, right?
And then again, organic produce costs more. So, organic farmers and companies have a material interest too.
It’s so confusing.
What’s the truth?
Finally, French Research Finds Indisputable Support For Organic Food’s Health Benefits
This new French study found such pronounced evidence that it got coverage at the New York Times.
The study’s authors expected to find health benefits to consuming organic produce. However, the extent to which these benefits became evident was a total surprise.
The study followed 70,000 adults (78% women), and analyzed the incidence of certain types of cancer in the participants.
It was also fully paid for by public and government funds, which means the conclusions found were independent and objective, freeing the study from any sort of bias.
The study itself found participants who ate organic the most frequently had the most noticeable drop in lymphoma and postmenopausal breast cancer.
However, the study could not conclude organic foods caused this reduced cancer rate. What it can reasonably conclude is that eating organic food and a lower risk for certain types of cancer are associated enough to promote to the general population to eat organic food.
Nutrition experts at Harvard support the idea of studying organic food further to confirm the results found. For now, they warrant caution. In the case of this study, for example, they wanted to see analysis of the participants’ current exposure to pesticides.
For now, the American Cancer Society recommends a diet of fruits and vegetables and whole grains, with limited red meat, processed meat, and added sugars.
It’s Looking Good for Organic Food’s Health Benefits
Evidence supporting organic food’s cancer-reducing, health-boosting effects is gaining steam.
Again, nothing 100% definitive (yet).
But things continue to move forward in the right direction for organic.