Health Food

Back in the old days, there was little fast food available, when you finally get the chance to have some, it was a special occasion. Natural foods are nutritious and contain much of what is good for us, including vitamins and minerals, fiber, the cancer-fighting antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, and the sustained energy […]

Back in the old days, there was little fast food available, when you finally get the chance to have some, it was a special occasion. Natural foods are nutritious and contain much of what is good for us, including vitamins and minerals, fiber, the cancer-fighting antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, and the sustained energy provided by whole grains and complex carbohydrates.\n\nIn a widely publicized and discussed analysis of more than 200 studies comparing organic to regular food products, researchers have found that organics don’t have more vitamins or minerals (with the lone exception of phosphorus, which we all get in sufficient amounts anyway).\n\nAnother aspect of this healthy foods trend is removing ingredients or additives from formulated food products. Even if organic foods may not be uniquely nutritionally fortified as many of us have grown accustomed to thinking, don’t write them off just yet.\n\nIn summary, there are compositional differences in nutrients and some other substances between organically and conventionally produced food, but the differences are small and the relevance for human health is subject to debate ( 21 , 45 ). Higher intakes of vitamins, minerals, beneficial fatty acids, and plant defense agents from organic foods are not likely to impact the health of populations with ample nutrient supply.\n\nStudy results indicated that the organic diet reduced cardiovascular risk factors in both healthy individuals and patients, but the study had numerous limitations, including the short intervention period, small number of participants, and inadequate reporting of results ( 30 ).