Are Organic Foods Good for Your Heart?

A United States research conducted for ten years suggests that organic fruit and vegetables may be better for one’s heart compared to conventionally-grown crops. The study compared organic tomatoes with its standard-grown counterparts and it was found out that organic tomatoes have almost double the level of flavonoids.

What are flavonoids?

Flavonoids are a type of antioxidant, which slows down and prevents the aging of cells in our body. Consuming flavonoid-rich foods may also provide anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and anti-cancer activity in the body.

They have also been shown to reduce high blood pressure, as well as lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke.

What makes organic food richer in flavonoids?

According to the study, which was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the soil’s nitrogen content may hold the key as to why flavonoid levels are higher among organic foods.

Since organic foods are not grown with the use of fertilizers and pesticides, these produce grow on soil that lacks nitrogen.

To make up for lost nitrogen, the crops produce flavonoids as a defense mechanism. Conversely, researchers suggest that foods with lower levels of flavonoids are probably caused by over-fertilization.

Should we go "all organic?"

Although flavonoids have been linked with reduced rates of some types of cancer and dementia, as well reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, the Food Standards Agency in the United States say that flavonoid-rich produce like organic food are not necessarily better than the standard crops, although there can be some nutrient differences.