Organic foods might have more nutrients than non-organic.

Organic food is becoming more widely available in supermarkets and other stores. But is it healthier and safer than traditionally grown food?

What Does Organic Mean?

The word organic, when applied to a food, has to do with the farming techniques used to produce that item. Some of the practices that are not used in organic farming include:

Some practices that are used in organic farming include:

Organic farming practices also aim for sustainability. Care of the land to maintain good nutrients, decrease contamination, and keep foods healthy is considered paramount.

What Do the Different Organic Food Labels Mean?

Several labels may be used on food to denote whether organic farming methods were used to produce it. They have different meanings, so you'll need to think about which foods you want to consume and look for the appropriate label.

Is Organic Food Healthier Than Non-Organic?

Once you know what the labels mean, the next step is to decide whether organic food is healthier for consumption than non-organic. Unfortunately, research hasn't made a final decision on this. There are some potential benefits, though, including:

Remember: multiple-ingredient organic food items may still have unhealthy ingredients like sugar, salt, and fat. The organic label only applies to how the foods are produced, not to their nutrient profile.

Is Organic Food Worth the Price?

Most of the time, organic food is more expensive than conventionally produced food because the farming practices are more costly. The lower exposure to pesticides, possible higher nutrient content, and increased fatty acids described above might be worth the additional cost, but if you can't afford it, eating a good variety of foods is still the healthiest thing you can do. Here are some ways to help make eating non-organic foods safer: