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Low-calorie. Diet pills. Cleansing diets. All diet trends that sweep the nation yearly. What is this year’s kick? Organic foods.

I, myself, began the transition from processed foods to a more holistic, natural diet (not an easy feat for a dorm dwelling student). However, an article published by The Guardian suggests this movement may not, in fact, be all that beneficial.

According to a recent study, the nutrients found in non-organic fruits and vegetables are comparable to those found in organic fruits and vegetables.

This begs the question, is it really worth it to spend the extra cash and energy on organic foods?

In my opinion, yes it is. The decision to eat organically is not about gaining more nutrients. It is about eating to avoid the unknown effects of pesticides. This study fails to make the two lifestyles equivalent because it fails to acknowledge the effects of pesticides themselves, a point the article states.

At this point, you may be asking what the relevancy of an organic diet is to a baking blog. The simple answer: It’s all about balance. If you can cut some corners to receive extra benefits, do it! Pouring a refreshing glass of organic milk alongside your cookies, allows you to avoid those pesky pesticides and enjoy your tasty treat.

You don’t have to eat utterly perfect all the time, but if it is an easy substitute to make, might as well reap the benefits while you can.