Monday, January 16, 2012

Organic Blueberries vs. Conventional Blueberries

Blueberries grown organically had a significantly higher sugar content (fructose and glucose), malic acid, total phenolics, total anthocyanins, and antioxidant activity  than fruit grown conventionally.
 Blueberries in general have health benefits, but are organic blueberries even better than conventionally grown ones?A collaborative project between the US Department of Agriculture and Rutgers University attempted to answer that question, and the results came in the form of a recent publication in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

The results where : 
Cultivation Method Fructose (mg/g) Glucose (mg/g) Citric Acid (mg/g) Malic Acid (mg/g) ORAC (mg/g)
Organic 97.06 45.53 3.47 0.043 46.14
Conventional 79.26 29.72 3.14 0.029 30.76

These results do suggest that organic blueberries are better for you.

To find out more information about organic vs. conventional visit http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2008/07/are-organic-blueberries-better-for-you.ars

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