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Study: No nutrition difference going organic

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The Alfano family chooses organic as often as possible. They hope it cuts down on pesticides and hormones in their foods.

"Fruits and vegetables and dairy for sure. And the meats -- mostly organic," said Lucia Alfano.

New research in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows when it comes to nutrition, there's no difference between organic and regular foods.

"There are generally the same amount of vitamins, nutrients, regardless of the types of fruits or vegetables you buy." said Lisa Cimperman, a Clinical Dietitian with University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Researchers reviewed past studies that looked at unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, grains, milk, eggs, as well as chicken, pork and meat.

Researchers did find that eating organic fruits and vegetables reduced exposure to pesticide residue by 30-percent, but levels were also within safe limits in non-organic foods.

"Nutrition and safety are not reasons to buy organic. However, you may have other reasons to buy organic such as personal preference. You may think they taste better, you may have a concern that it's more environmentally appropriate, or humane in terms of the livestock," Cimperman said.

It typically costs more for organic foods and products. Lucia Alfano says her family will keep spending extra for organic because she feels it's best for her children. "To grow healthier without so much bad exposure to these chemicals," she said.

No matter what you chose, experts say it's important to wash all fruits and vegetables before you eat them.    

Duarte Geraldino - CBS News

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