Evaluating the promise of organic foods
Foods labeled "organic" carry an aura of better nutrition, but at a higher price. While there is no definitive answer yet, some evidence suggests higher levels of some nutrients in organically raised produce, meats, dairy products and eggs, as well as the decreased exposure to pesticides and antibiotics, says Kristen Davis, a registered dietitian nutritionist at Upstate. Bacteria levels in organic meats might also be high, requiring careful cooking. Davis also discusses the so-called "dirty dozen" and "clean 15" fruits and vegetables and which produce is most important to purchase as organic, and she stresses the value of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, preferably fresh, in a balanced diet.