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Consuming organic versus conventional vegetables: the effect on nutrient and contaminant intakes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20691244     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The health benefits of consuming organic compared to conventional foods are unclear. This study aimed at evaluating the nutrient and contaminant intake of adults through consumption of organic versus conventional vegetables, namely carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach and potatoes. A probabilistic simulation approach was used for the intake assessment in two adult populations: (1) a representative sample of Belgians (n=3245) and (2) a sample of Flemish organic and conventional consumers (n=522). Although significant differences in nutrient and contaminant contents were previously found between organic and conventional vegetables, they were inconsistent for a component and/or vegetable. These findings were translated here into inconsistent intake assessments. This means that the intake of specific nutrients and contaminants can be higher or lower for organic versus conventional vegetables. However, when considering the consumption pattern of organic consumers, an increase in intake of a selected set of nutrients and contaminants is observed, which are explained by the general higher vegetable consumption of this consumer group. In public health terms, there is insufficient evidence to recommend organic over conventional vegetables. The general higher vegetable consumption of organic compared to conventional consumers outweighs usually the role of differences in nutrient and contaminant concentrations between organic and conventional vegetables.
Christine Hoefkens; Isabelle Sioen; Katleen Baert; Bruno De Meulenaer; Stefaan De Henauw; Isabelle Vandekinderen; Frank Devlieghere; Anne Opsomer; Wim Verbeke; John Van Camp
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-08-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association     Volume:  48     ISSN:  1873-6351     ISO Abbreviation:  Food Chem. Toxicol.     Publication Date:  2010 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-11     Completed Date:  2011-01-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8207483     Medline TA:  Food Chem Toxicol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3058-66     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Food Safety and Food Quality, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Belgium / ethnology
Demography / statistics & numerical data
Diet Surveys
Food Analysis
Food Contamination / analysis*
Food Habits / ethnology
Food, Organic / analysis*
Health Food / analysis*
Middle Aged
Organic Agriculture*
Vegetables / chemistry*
Young Adult

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