Micronutrient Contents in Organic and Conventional Tomatoes

Abstract: Organic food is associated by the general public with improved nutritional properties, and this has led to increasing demand for organic vegetables. The objective of this study was to investigate whether there were any differences in the micronutrient contents in organic and conventional tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum L.). Two tomato cultivars ‘Lladó’ and ‘Antillas’ grown organically and conventionally were compared regarding their micronutrient in terms of K, Ca, Na, Mg, Fe, Zn, Mn, Cu, lycopene, ß-carotene, ascorbic, malic and citric acids, and total phenolic compound content. Cultivar ‘Lladó’ had the highest concentration of the nutrient lycopene, ß-carotene, Fe, Zn, Mn and Cu. Where cultivation method affected the concentration of ascorbic acid and Mn, only one cultivar was affected. For all nutrients examined, cultivar differences were greater than differences because of cultivation method. This study confirms that the most important variable in the micronutrient content of tomatoes is cultivar; organically grown tomato is no more nutritious than conventionally grown tomato when soil fertility is well managed. © Wiley-Blackwell

Reference:  Ordóñez-Santos, L., Vázquez-Odériz, M., & Romero-Rodríguez, M. (2011). Micronutrient contents in organic and conventional tomatoes ( Solanum lycopersicum L.). International Journal Of Food Science & Technology, 46(8), 1561-1568. Available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2621.2011.02648.x