Organic Fruits Grandview MO

The staunchest organic proponents have had to concede there was little proof that food grown without pesticides contained higher levels of health-promoting nutrients.

River City Nutrition
833 S Kirkwood Rd
Saint Louis, MO
 
Manna Nutrition Store
(913) 381-6604
5235 W 95th St
Shawnee Mission, KS
 
Nature's Market
(816) 525-2625
535 SE Melody Ln
Lees Summit, MO
 
Nature's Pantry
(816) 478-1990
19019 E. 48th St. South
Independence, MO
 
Whole Foods Association
2315 W 21st St N Ste 115
Wichita, KS
 
Whole Foods Market
(913) 663-2951
6621 W 119th St
Overland Park, KS
 
Prairie Harvest
601 N Main St
Newton, KS
 
Whole Foods Market
(913) 652-9633
7401 West 91st St
Overland Park, KS
 
Nature's Pantry
(816) 478-1990
19019 E. 48th St. South
Independence, MO

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Harvest Moon Natural Foods
(913) 782-7562
2113 E 151st St #A
Olathe, KS
 
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It’s not hard to sell people on the advantages of organic fruits and vegetables. They’re chemical-free, of course, and they usually taste much better than their conventionally grown counterparts. But over the years, even the staunchest organic proponents have had to concede there was little proof that food grown without pesticides contained higher levels of health-promoting nutrients. Not anymore.

A striking new study at the University of California, Davis has found that organically grown berries and corn carry significantly higher levels of phenolic compounds, antioxidants thought to reduce the risk of illnesses like cancer and heart disease. The organic corn and marionberries had 50 percent more phenols than conventionally grown versions; the strawberries, 19 percent.Why the big difference? The theory, says Alyson Mitchell, an assistant professor of food chemistry and toxicology who led the study, is that since phenols are generated in reaction to an attack by bugs or an infestation of fungus, plants not defended by pesticides will tend to produce more of them.

“Phenols are energy expensive,” Mitchell says. “The plant isn’t going to expend the effort to produce those molecules if it doesn’t have to.” So is it safe to assume that all organic produce is similarly endowed? Mitchell thinks so, since the corn and berries that were tested had phenolic levels similar to those of wild plants. “We don’t know for sure,” Mitchell says, “but it makes sense that other plants farmed without chemicals would hew to this natural state, too.”

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