Organic diet can extend average lifespans, typically by 25 days for men and 17 days for women. But a lucky few could live for many months longer and some for up to five years more, suggest the researchers.
Switching from eating only conventional fruits and vegetables to the organic versions in the same amounts could help you live longer as well as keeping you healthier and slimmer, according to a new research.
Fruit and vegetables grown without artificial fertilisers have significantly more key nutrients, including vitamin C.
The University of Newcastle study argues it is on a par with the benefit for the country from the national breast cancer-screening programme, reports the Daily Mail.
It also suggests eating organic is likely to improve general health, highlighting the higher levels of compounds which encourage the body to burn fat. This can help devotees shed the pounds.
The conclusion challenges the Food Standards Agency, which has long dismissed the health gains of organic food.
Lead researcher Dr Kirsten Brandt, a senior lecturer in food quality and health, said the figures represent a 'best guess' based on all available information. She suggested most people probably would not live any longer but a lucky few could add many months, and even up to five years, to their lives.
The study will be published in the journal Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences.