Study Finds Organic Food Might Help Increase Life Span

Researchers tested organic diets on flies, finding that organic food tended to increase health

Last year Stanford University almost crushed the organic movement when it released a study saying there is a "lack" of strong evidence showing organic foods to be healthier.

And while the world conceded that yes, most of the benefits of organic food involved pesticides, the environment, and taste, rather than health, a new study has found that eating organic could actually improve health and fertility, although how is still unknown.

Researchers at Southern Methodist University tried raising fruit flies on extracts of grocery produce, providing them with either organic or conventional potatoes, soybeans, raisins, or bananas.

The produce was all purchased at the same Texas Whole Foods, and the researchers split the flies into a control group and organic group.


Naturally, all flies ended up dying and showed signs of poor health, but flies who ate organic in general performed better healthwise. The Atlantic reports that flies who ate organic potatoes, raisins, and soy were all linked to longer life spans; bananas showed no difference. Furthermore, flies who ate organic were also more fertile, regardless of the type of produce. Further research is necessary, but this could be a big win for the Whole Foods of the world (and of course, the organic farmers).