|ORGANIC TOMATOES BETTER|
A ten-year study comparing organic tomatoes with standard produce found that they had almost double the quantity of antioxidants called flavonoids which help to prevent high blood pressure, thus reducing the likelihood of heart disease and strokes.
Dr. Mitchell's team believes that the different levels of flavonoids in tomatoes are due to the absence of fertilizers in organic farming. Plants produce flavonoids as a defense mechanism; they are triggered by nutrient deficiency. Feeding a plant with too many nutrients, such as inorganic nitrogen commonly found in conventional fertilizer, curbs the development of flavonoids. The lower levels of flavonoids in conventional tomatoes were caused by "over-fertilization", the research team concluded.
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