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Antioxidant, Antioxicants in Organic Foods

Organic foods: Flavonoids are produced in plants in response to environmental stressors, such as insects or competing plants and have potent antioxidant activity. They are present in organic foods.

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Antioxidants in Organic Foods The Organic Food Web

By DH Owens with additions by CyberParent Staff

Eating organic foods:The higher level of antioxidants in the organically grown food is enough to have a significant impact on health and nutrition.

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The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society published a study led by Alyson Mitchell, Ph.D., a food scientist at the University of California, Davis. The investigation compared the total antioxidants found in foods grown organically (using no herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers) to foods grown sustainably (in this study fertilizers but no herbicides or pesticides were used) and conventionally (using synthetic chemicals to protect the plants and increase yield).

Flavonoid polyphenolics (also known as bioflavonoids) are present in many dark berries such as pomegranate,seabuckthorn, noni, blueberries, and blackberries, as well as in certain types of tea and coffee, especially green tea. Coffee, however, is often depleted of antioxidants due to the high-temperature roasting process.

Flavonoids are phenolic compounds that have potent antioxidant activity. They are produced in plants in response to environmental stressors, such as insects or competing plants. The need for these natural safeguards decreases with the use of herbicides and pesticides in conventional agriculture. This decrease is reflected in the total amount of antioxidants the plants produce. The levels of antioxidants in sustainably grown corn were 58.5 percent higher than conventionally grown corn. Organically and sustainably grown marionberries (blackberries) had approximately 50 percent more antioxidants than conventionally grown berries. Sustainably and organically grown strawberries showed about 19 percent more antioxidants than conventionally grown strawberries.

"This helps explain why the level of antioxidants is so much higher in organically grown food," Mitchell says. "By synthetically protecting the produce from these pests, we decrease their need to produce antioxidants."

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The higher level of antioxidants in the organically grown food is enough to have a significant impact on health and nutrition, researchers noted in this study published in February, 2003.

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