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Report: Organic food may not be worth the money

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The organic produce section of an Upstate grocery store. (File/FOX Carolina) The organic produce section of an Upstate grocery store. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

Is organic produce and meat better than any other produce or meat on store shelves?  A Stanford University study says maybe not.

The study says organic food and conventional food share the same nutritional value.

"You can find certain things in organic food that are beneficial but often not as much as people think,"says Dr. Marcus Newberry, M.D., owner of the Nutritional Health Center.

Newberry says when it comes to fruits and vegetables, the most important thing to do whether organic or not is to wash the fruit, which will remove both pesticides and bacteria.

But when it comes to meat, Newberry suggests organic meat is better, especially if it is grass fed rather than grain fed.

"So meat that's grown in that way has some problems with it so pasture-fed animals are better and more nutritious."

He says the organic meat won't have antibiotic steroids in it and that is the only case in which buying organic may be worth the money.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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