Organic food 'better for you'

NOVEMBER 2007: Organic food is officially better for you, claims the Soil Association after a ten-year study.

The research compared organic tomatoes with rival produce. The Soil Association said the report showed that the organic tomatoes had almost double the amount of heart-protecting antioxidants, called flavonoids. The study found that levels of the flavonoids quercetin and kaempferol were on average 79% and 97% higher, respectively.Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director, said: “We welcome the now rapidly growing body of evidence which shows significant differences between the nutritional composition of organic and non-organic food.”