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Aside from the fact that organic f o o d s u s u a l l y t a s t e b e t t e r, they offer a plethora of health benefits. Eating organic food may reduce your risk of cancer by reducing your exposure to the known carcinogens in the fun gicid e s , h e r b icide s , a n d insecticides commonly used on commercial farms. Similarly, organic food doesn’t contain food additives, flavor enhancers (like MSG), artificial sweeteners (like aspartame and high-fructose corn syrup), contaminants (like mercury) or preservatives (like sodium nitrate), all of which may cause health problems. Research has also indicated that eating organic has the potential to lower the incidence of diabetes, coronary heart disease, allergies, migraines, dementia, and hyperactivity.

Still, please keep in mind that foods don’t have to be organic to be safe and environmentally friendly. For example, buying produce in season and consuming foods that have been locally grown are other ways to eat healthfully while looking out for the environment. Keep in mind that whether you choose organic foods or conventional products, experts agree that the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein far outweighs the potential risks from pesticide exposure.

Lindsay Brustein Rosen, MS, RD is a

Often times, organic foods are up to 20% pricier than their conventional counterparts, but don’t let that be a deterrent. Buying in bulk or purchasing a store’s generic organic version are good ways to reduce the cost. Additionally, by eating more organic foods, you are more likely to prepare your own meals, which will save money as well.

registered dietitian and the founder of Nutrition by Bru, a nutrition counseling and consulting practice in New York. She received a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the Greater New York Dietetic Association.

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