What are the heath benefits of organic? Is it really worth it, or is it just a fad for yummy mummies and health nuts?

The British Journal of Nutrition has recently published research led by Newcastle University highlighting organic benefits.

Freelance nutritionist Zoe Stirling, who is a consultant for Canary Wharf new arrival CPRESS, fills us in about what they offer.

She said: “Organic is a funny thing - all sorts of places say they are organic, but they’re actually not officially.

CPRESS, Crossrail Place

“With CPRESS they are certified by the Soil Association and there are all sorts of things you have to do to get the seal of approval from them.

"The food that goes into the products has to be organic - every one of the salads or juices we create have to be made from 95% organic ingredients, otherwise it won’t pass.

“Also the way you prepare the food is important. You have to show (Soil Association) that your kitchen where everything is prepared is up to their organic standard. There can’t be any contamination with anything non-organic.”

The store in Crossrail Place focuses on cold pressed juices, salads and healthy snacks.

Zoe said: "When it comes to the juicing, the whole point of it is that you are trying to give your body a way to absorb nutrients in the best possible way, so if you aren’t having organic then you are reducing the amount of goodness that your body consumes, as the pesticides and other things in non organic food get in the way”.

A selection of the cold pressed juices from CPRESS

Zoe’s top five reasons to switch to an organic diet:

  1. It's lower in chemicals and heavy metals (particularly important in any style of juicing so you’re not consuming bad stuff as well as the good).
  2. Higher in nutrients, particularly antioxidants - apparently switching to organic crop consumption is equivalent to eating one or two additional portions of fruit and vegetables per day.
  3. Guaranteed Quality through meeting strict standards (The Soil Association actually has higher organic standards compared to EU standards so it’s much harder to meet its stipulations).
  4. No genetically modified foods are allowed to be used or farmed under organic standards so it’s an effective way of avoiding GM in your diet.
  5. No additives or preservatives allowed in organic food processing so again, it encourages food to be eaten in as natural state as possible.

Concerned about the expense of organic produce? The Environmental Working Group’s website has a guide to which products you can and can't get away with buying organic.