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Report Finds No Evidence of Health Benefits or Harm in Consuming Organic Foods

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

A systematic review of the available published literature finds that no evidence exists to show health benefits or harm from consuming organic foods.

The review, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is an examination of peer-reviewed literature spanning the last 50 years that was conducted by researchers at the Nutrition and Public Health Intervention Research Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Health. 

“From a systematic review of the currently available published literature, evidence is lacking for nutrition-related health effects that result from the consumption of organically produced foodstuffs,” the authors wrote.

“A surprising and important finding of this review is the extremely limited nature of the evidence base on this subject, both in terms of the number and quality of studies,” the authors wrote. “This is particularly surprising given the increasing public and policy-level interest in the question of whether there are health benefits from the consumption of organic foods.”

The report does note the amount of research in this area is increasing, as evidenced by the fact that four studies included in this review were published since 2008.

“However, it is essential that future research (both human and in vitro studies) is better designed and, at the very least, meets the minimum quality criteria applied in this review,” the report concludes.

To view the report in its entirety, click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/59826

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