The Power of Produce

Scientists and health experts have been promoting the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables for decades, yet consumer concerns about modern growing methods continue to weaken this important message. Research shows that a diet rich in produce brings many health benefits, no matter how it is grown!  Two new studies further demonstrate how significant fruits and vegetables are for maintaining good health.

A study sponsored by the Alliance for Food and Farming and published in the December 2012 issue of Food and Chemical Toxicology examined the correlation between increased fruit and vegetable consumption in preventing certain forms of cancer. It found that approximately 20,000 cancer cases every year could be prevented if fruit and vegetable consumption was increased by one serving a day. The study also concluded that pesticide residues found on fruits and vegetables may result in only 10 additional cancer cases per year, and that the preventive benefits “greatly exceed any putative negative effects that might be associated with the increased intake of pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics published an article in October supporting research that food grown with modern crop inputs provide the same benefits as those grown with organic farming practices. The article stated there is “no direct evidence of a clinically relevant nutritional difference between organic and conventional produce.” It adds that “no important differences in carbohydrate or vitamin and mineral content” exist between organic and conventional produce. The only measurable difference between the two is really the cost to consumers, with organic produce costing up to 40% more. Pediatricians were advised to encourage patients to eat healthful fruits and vegetables regardless of how they were grown.

Considering these additional findings, it is important to make the choice to head for your grocery store’s produce aisle and stock up on fruits and vegetables. Without crop protection products, consumers would have limited access to a vitally important supply of fruits and vegetables that advance good health for children and adults alike.

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