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I went through a phase where I really liked organic produce. I wasn't entirely sure what tasted different, but I knew that somehow paying a few dollars more for bananas and spinach was going to do me good. That was why it was more expensive, right? I admit, this may have been a sort of Cordelia Chase complex, you know, back in the very first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when the rich mean girl is explaining why she needs to date guys with cars and buy the priciest items in the store:

"It's like when I go shopping. I have to have the most expensive thing. Not because it's expensive, but because it costs more."

(Btw, if you haven't seen this show, you should change that pronto. Because it's glorious.)

Anyway, so that's sort of how I thought of all those fancy mangoes and avocados I was buying - they were obviously better for me. Well, maybe not.

Today, both the New York Times and NPR have stories about a recent study where scientists have concluded that organically grown fruits and vegetables may not have any more nutritional value than the regular fruits and veggies.

Buying the fancy meat? That may also not do you much good, according to the study. Though those who are in favor of organic food point out the difference in taste, a lower amount of pesticides and antibiotics as pluses on the organic side of things. However, if you've been getting organic milk out of the dairy section, pat yourself on the back. With the omega-3 fatty acids packed into that stuff, it's good for your heart, organic enthusiasts point out in the Times article. Also, it takes forever to go bad, which is kind of awesome when you come home after three weeks out of town and can still have milk in your coffee. So, there's that.