Since the late 1990’s Dr. John Berardi has published 8 scientific abstracts; 15 scientific papers and textbook chapters; presented at nearly 50 scientific, exercise, and nutrition related conferences; and published countless articles online.
His first articles at Testosterone Magazine so many years ago, provided me with the basis for everything I know about nutrition today. Now I will turn some of that knowledge over to you in the form of Nutrition Tips written by Dr. Berardi himself.
Today’s Topic – The Organic Debate
Why do we need organic foods?
Well the theory is that organic foods are grown without herbicides or pesticides, and so they contribute less carcinogens to our bodies. Besides that, organic food supposedly has more nutrients because better care is paid to the quality of the soil and the nutrition fed to the plants during growth.
In my opinion organic foods are a waste of money. Sure you might get an extra 5% of vitamin c, or a couple extra IUs of beta-carotene, but does it really matter? Why would I spend hundreds of dollars extra to buy organic food, when I can just wash my veggies and take a multi-vitamin to make up the extra nutrients?
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Your first concern should be whether or not you are getting an adequate intake of fruits and vegetables. After that, you can worry about the minute details… if you have the time.
Let’s see what JB has to say about it:
Tip: The Organic Debate
“The average person should consume two pieces of fruit and three servings of vegetables per day as a minimum. Athletes probably need even more – I recommend 10-15 servings per day for each of my athletes.
Experts often spend too much time arguing about organic vs. regular fruits and veggies. I agree that raw, organic fruits and vegetables are best since they have a higher micronutrient count, but any fruits and veggies are better than none!
Get sufficient fruits and vegetables in your diet before worrying about whether they’re organic or not. Once you’ve done that, worry on.”
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