Published on March 14, 2018
Is eating organic foods a better choice when you have multiple myeloma? Is it worth the cost? Diet and wellness expert Julie Lanford from Cancer Services and CancerDietitian.com, compares the difference in nutritional value between conventionally grown and organic produce, and explains how patients can safely eat their fruits and vegetables. Watch now to learn more about eating well with myeloma.
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Transcript | Is Eating Organic Foods a Better Choice With Myeloma?
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Julie, I've been seeing the – since Amazon bought Whole Foods, I've been seeing a lot of ads for Whole Foods, we in California, and I think they have in other states, too, I go to Trader Joe's, and there are the bananas. I love bananas, and there are the organic bananas for more money, and the non-organic bananas. Does organic matter?
My short answer would be no, and that's because we don't have good, solid studies showing that people who consume organic foods have better health outcomes. I think most of us want to decrease our exposure to pesticides if we can.
What I tell my clients is, first off, any fruit and vegetable is better than no fruit or vegetable, and so I do not want it to be an excuse for somebody to not eat a fruit or a vegetable just because, "Oh, well, it's not organic."
I'm perfectly comfortable. I think conventionally grown produce, there are limits on how much pesticides can be added, so my short answer is eat fruits and vegetables.
Whether they're conventional or organic to me is less concerning. If it's a concern to you, and it causes you anxiety, and you have the money to buy the organic, then certainly, you can choose organic, but it's not absolutely necessary.