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Study: Going organic makes sense

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DENVER — You’re seeing more organic choices at the grocery store these days and there’s a good reason for that.  More people are choosing to eat a “cleaner” diet.

A new review published in the British Journal of Nutrition says true organic food is healthier than conventional food.  It is produced without the use of chemicals and isn’t genetically engineered.

Dr. Jonathan Clinthorne, a nutritional expert,  says, “Organic food has been shown in studies to have higher levels of nutrients called polyphenols,  which are very strong antioxidants and they’re very good for your body.”

Traditional grocery stores are now carrying organic brands, but they are mixed in with other foods. The best way to tell if you’re buying organic is to look for the USDA Organic seal. Going organic doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods anymore, there is an organic version for everything from bread to condiments, even frozen dinners.

It is important to remember that practicing moderation, maintaining a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise  is still important if you want to stay healthy, whether you’re eating organic or not.

Medical experts say if you can’t afford to buy everything organic, it’s okay.  Just choosing a few items can lower your exposure to artificial ingredients.  Many pesticides can be removed by thoroughly washing fruits and vegetables.

Natural Grocers at Vitamin Cottage offers free nutritional counseling.  See store locations.