Study claims organic food helps you live longer
EATING organic food can help you live longer, stay healthier and lose weight, experts have said.
Academics at Newcastle University said fruit and vegetables grown without artificial fertilisers contain more nutrients such as Vitamin C.
They say that as a result, consumers will see an expanded lifespan – 25 days for men and 17 days for women and some could live for up to five years more.
Researchers said eating organic produce can also improve general health and the higher levels of compounds can also help to burn fat and aid weight loss.
The results have been welcomed by organic producers who hope the findings will boost sales.
However the study challenges the Food Standards Agency view, which does not agree organic food boasts health benefits.
Policy director at the Soil Association, Peter Melchett, welcomed the findings.
He said: “There are lots of reasons people choose organic, not least because it is better for the environment, animal welfare and wildlife.
“Here we have research which demonstrates a significant health benefit.
“As more science is conducted, we see evidence showing beneficial nutritional differences associated with organic food.”
The Newcastle study will be published in the next issue of the journal Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences.