Surprising Health Benefits of an Organic Diet
April 13, 2005
If people believe that eating organic food makes them feel better,
they are probably right, explained scientists.
According to an experiment, rats that ate organic food were healthier
than rats that ate conventional diets. The experiment included 36
rats that were fed on three diets. While each diet included the
same ingredients (potatoes, carrots, peas, green kale, apples and
rapeseed oil) three different cultivation strategies were used:
- Organically--with low input of fertilizer, without pesticides
- Minimally fertilized--with low input of fertilizer, with pesticides
- Conventionally--with high input of fertilizer, with pesticides
The same diets were fed to the rats throughout their lives and
health measurements began at 19 weeks of age after weaning of their
Health Benefits of Organically Grown Foods
Scientists found that, compared to rats that ate conventional diets,
organically fed rats experienced various health benefits. Researchers
found the rats that ate organic or minimally fertilized diets had:
- Improved immune system status compared to rats that ate conventional
- Better sleeping habits.
- Less weight and were slimmer than rats that fed on other diets.
- Higher vitamin E content in their blood (for organically fed
Even though the experiment clearly demonstrates the positive effects
of organically grown foods compared to conventionally grown foods
on the health of rats, the results cannot be directly correlated
to humans. Thus, further research needs to be done in order to discover
the relationship between human health and organically grown foods.
Research Centre for Organic Farming
Science Daily March 29, 2005