Big Nutritional Differences Between Organic and Non-Organic Food

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  • Big nutritional differences between organic and non-organic food: According to the latest and most comprehensive scientific analysis comparing organically grown food with conventionally grown food, organic food is found to contain far more of the antioxidant compounds linked to better health, and lower levels of toxic metals and pesticides. This study is the first ever to demonstrate clear and wide-ranging differences between organic and conventional fruits, vegetables and cereals. The international team of researchers, led by Prof Carlo Leifert at Newcastle University, found that there are “statistically significant, meaningful” differences, with a range of antioxidants being “substantially higher” ( 19% to 69%)  in organic food. The results indicate that the increased levels of antioxidants equal to about “one to two of the five portions of fruits and vegetables of the recommended daily consumption, and would therefore be significant and meaningful in terms of human nutrition; provided that the health benefits of these antioxidants are confirmed.
  • New sustainable chips made from wine flour: A new and sustainable snack food product called Wild California crisps is produced from wine flour. The flour is made from a wine-making process leftover material, specifically from the milled seeds and skins of Sonoma County wine grapes. Using waste material not only allows the company to cut down on their overall waste, but also to make a product that can be used as a flour in baked goods, including chips.  As the inventors of Wild California Crisps explain: “We wanted to come up with a healthier option in the snack aisle. Our chips are twice-baked and have two-thirds less fat than the typical tortilla or potato chips”. A similar start-up company from Boston has recently made headlines for making chips out of crickets to make their high protein flour. Although their chips are in flavors like Fruit N’ Nut and Apricot Ginger, Wild California Chips might still be more attractive to general public and wine lovers.
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