This New Study Shows Eating Organic Food Can Actually Prevent Weight Gain

It turns out eating organically is not just good for your health and the planet’s health—but also for your waistline.

March 28, 2017
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You already know that eating organic food is good for you, allows you to take in less potential toxins and pesticides, and is helpful for the planet. But did you also know that if you eat an organic diet, you're more likely to avoid weight gain?

Pass the organic tomatoes, please!

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A recently published study in the British Journal of Nutrition set out to discover whether reports were true that consumers of organic food were more likely to have a lower body mass index (BMI) than consumers of non-organic food. To figure this out, they evaluated over 62,000 participants' organic food consumption, energy intake, and body weight. 

Scored on how often organic foods were consumed, participants were followed for 3 years to assess changes in body weight. Increases in BMI were lower for anyone eating even some organic foods (nobody's perfect!). The regular organic consumers were at lower risk for becoming overweight during the study period. The end result is that the researchers believe eating more organic foods may protect against weight gain, and that those consuming organic food better controlled their weight.

Related: Danish People Are Proud To Buy Organic Food, And They Have A Word For It: 'Folkeligt'

The truth is, we're not that surprised. Veggies have been shown to cause increased happiness, and even to reduce depression. Eating organic probably means you're eating more veggies, and less overprocessed foods high in sugar and chemicals, which is good for you overall. 

 

But, if you needed one more reason to introduce more organic food into your diet, we can't think of a better one than your health.