Organics don't offer added nutritional value, study finds

Parents may be wasting money on organics

INDIANAPOLIS - A new study suggests when it comes to nutrition, there's really no difference between organic and conventional foods.

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics found no evidence that organic foods offer any extra nutritional value over conventionally grown foods, even though parents often pay top dollar for what's often perceived as the healthier choice.

"We buy organic food to reduce the amount of pesticides that are in our food," said Indianapolis mother Chandra Smolen. "(We prefer) the hormone free milk, organically grown milk. We try to get our milk and cheese from a local dairy."

The report did note that organic foods do contain lower levels of pesticides and are less likely to be contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria, which could be significant for kids.

"It showed some difference in maybe some pesticide residue, although the conventional grown food is still below the limit," said Dr. David Creel, who teaches kids about weight management at the St. Vincent Bariatric Center.

But Creel and other doctors stress what's most important is that parents feed their children a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.

"I think the main focus should be trying to find ways to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables," Creel said.

The American Academy of Pediatrics' report mirrors a Stanford University study released last month.

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