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Organic foods

The term organic is often used for plant foods grown without pesticides and genetic modifications, and for meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products that come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. The use of the term organic on food labels is regulated by the US Department of Agriculture. It is commonly thought that organic foods may be more healthful because they reduce exposure to certain chemicals. It has also been suggested that their nutrient makeup may be better than non-organic foods. Whether this means health benefits to those who eat organic foods is unknown.

At this time, no studies in humans exist to show whether organic foods are better than foods made or grown using the usual methods for any of these purposes:

  • Reducing cancer risk
  • Reducing the risk of cancer coming back
  • Reducing the risk that cancer will progress (grow, spread, or get worse)