Organic food is often touted as healthier than the conventional food we eat, but according to a new study, there are some foods we should never eat.
It’s time to stop blaming our food for our health, the study found.
The study, conducted by the University of Minnesota and the University at Buffalo, analyzed data from more than 4,500 people who reported consuming organic food, according to The Associated Press.
The participants were randomly assigned to a trial of a high-protein diet, low-fat diet or a low-protein, high-fat one.
After completing the study, the participants were asked to complete a health questionnaire and eat a portion of their recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, dairy products and other nutrients.
They also filled out questionnaires about their overall health.
The results were published Thursday in the journal PLOS One.
“There are a lot of people out there who are convinced that organic food is healthier,” said study author Dr. Karen R. Riedl of the University College of England, who co-authored the report.
“We don’t know how that is.”
Riedl said it’s important to note that the healthiest foods have no sugar or added sugars, while those with more added sugars have more carbs and calories.
She also said that eating less organic food and more processed foods may actually be good for your health.
Riedlin said the results showed that the healthy choices are fruits and veggies and low- and moderate-fat dairy products, as well as a portion or a whole grain diet.
“People are going to eat more of the things that have high nutrient density,” she said.
“It’s really important to eat foods that have low nutrient density.”
The researchers said there’s no single nutrient that people should consume in moderation, but they said the overall nutrients in organic food should be low in carbs and low in fat.
The AP/MPR News poll surveyed 1,000 adults from April 7-12 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.