Eating more fresh vegetables and fruit can boost your health.
Helping you get your veg
Vital Veg helps you by delivering really fresh produce direct to your door. You can order online any time you like, set up a regular delivery, or get a delivery as and when best suits your needs. We make it easy for you to change your order, and state any preferences.
Is organic fruit & veg better for you?
Organic is different.
Key findings of a landmark study by Newcastle University are:
- Production method - ie organic vs non-organic - does affect food quality.
- More antioxidants Organic crops (cereals, fruit and vegetables) have significantly higher concentrations of antioxidants/(poly)phenolics compared with non-organic produced counterparts. A switch to consuming organic crops would allow a 20-40% increase in antioxidant/(poly)phenolics consumption without an increase in calorie intake.
- Fewer pesticides The frequency of occurrence of detectable pesticide residues is four times higher in non-organic crops. Non-organic fruit had the highest pesticide frequency (75%), compared to non-organic vegetables (32%) and non-organic crop based processed foods (45%). By contrast pesticide residues were found in only 10% of organic crop samples (- although organic famers don't use pesticides there is sometimes drift from neighbouring farms). Fortunately our veg field has a very large buffer surrounding it which should prevent any spray drift from contaminating our crops! The best way to reduce your exposure to pesticides in all foods is to buy organic (or grow your own!). Many people don’t realise over 320 pesticides can be routinely used in non-organic farming and these are often present in non-organic food. Here is a link to a short video of a recent study in Sweden showing the striking effect of eating organic food for just two weeks on some pesticide levels in their bodies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB6fUqmyKC8
- Less cadmium The analysis detected 48% lower concentrations of the toxic heavy metal cadmium in organic crops.
- Less nitrogen Nitrogen concentrations - linked in some studies to an increased risk of certain cancers such as stomach cancer – were found to be significantly lower in organic crops.
See: Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis, Baranski, M, et al., British Journal of Nutrition (2014), 112, 794–811