Organic vs. frozen foods, which is more nutritional?
There is frozen food. And there's fresh, organic food.
Bonnie Coberly opened Healthy Bites in northwest D.C. five years ago. It's an organic prepared meal delivery service, with carryout too.
"Feel better, have more energy,” said Coberly. “And so we've seen a huge demand for what we offer people in the D.C. area."
But if organic is too pricey for you, are you missing out on good nutrients?
"Through our clinical research of organic versus non-organic, we have yet to see the value of paying more for those types of food," said Carol Casco, Clinical Dietician, Medstar Washington Hospital Center.
Casco says nutrient for nutrient - they're virtually the same - even comparing frozen organic and non-organic.
• For example, regular and organic frozen spinach - similar vitamins and minerals. But, the organic is a $1.10 more.
• Regular and organic mixed veggies - same nutrients, but the organic is also $1.10 more.
• And green beans, the same nutritionally - but organic is 30-cents more for a smaller bag.
Many people choose to buy organic because it's supposed to be free of pesticides and other chemicals. But nutritionists say if you don't want to spend the extra money, just know that you are getting the same nutritional benefits. And washing your produce will eliminate at least 50 percent of those chemicals.
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