One option that's worth considering is organic foods.
What Is Organic Food?
Organic foods have been grown or farmed without the use of:
- Synthetic pesticides
- Artificial chemicals
- Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
- Artificial food additives.
They are grown and processed in a way that prioritizes the health and well-being of the environment, animals, and the people who consume them.
Is Organic Food Healthier?
Levels of toxins in regular food should be below the safety limits. But if you feed your child with organic foods, you reduce their exposure to toxins, pesticide residues, and chemicals. And that, for your growing child, could mean healthier.
What Are The Benefits Of Feeding My Child Organic Foods?
Let's take a closer look at the benefits.
Organic food is safe
Children's bodies and immune systems are still developing, making them particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of chemicals and pesticides. Therefore, you can reduce your child's exposure to potentially toxic chemicals by choosing organic foods, and promoting a healthier and safer diet.
It can make a difference for a growing child, who will be exposed to these external agents for many years.
Higher nutrient content
Studies suggest that organic foods generally contain higher levels of antioxidants and micronutrients (vitamin C, zinc, and iron) than conventional foods. These nutrients are essential for children's growth and development and can help support a healthy immune system.
However, just because a product is labelled "organic" does NOT mean that it is more nutritious.
A product could be organic but still high in calories, fats, added sugar, salt and other ingredients unsuitable for children.
For example, organic cookies or chips have the same low nutritional value as their non-organic version.
Organic foods are free from synthetic additives and preservatives, resulting in a purer, more natural flavour. Children may be more likely to try and enjoy new foods if they taste good, helping to encourage a healthy and varied diet.
Supports sustainable agriculture
By choosing organic foods, you're supporting farmers who use environmentally-friendly practices and prioritize the welfare of animals. This can help promote a more sustainable food system, which is important for future generations.
Avoids exposure to antibiotics and hormones
Many conventional farms use antibiotics and growth hormones to increase productivity and prevent disease. By choosing organic foods, you can help reduce your child's exposure to these substances, which can have potential long-term health effects.
It's worth noting that organic foods can sometimes be more expensive than conventional foods. However, by making smart choices and prioritizing the most important items, such as fruits and vegetables, you can still provide your children with the benefits of an organic diet without breaking the bank.
According to the EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, more than 70% of non-organic fresh produce sold in the U.S. contains residues of potentially harmful pesticides.
Here is a list of the most contaminated food of last year:
Buy the organic version of these foods if possible
Also, it's important to consider the long-term health and environmental benefits of choosing organic. You may also want to consider buying seasonal organic produce and look for deals and discounts at local farmers' markets or health food stores.
Remember, eating organic doesn't mean all or nothing. Incorporate them in a way that works for your family, and always check your food labels.
Dietitian & Toddler Mom
Bachelor's degree in Nutrition
Master's degree in Food & Dietetics
Health Coach Certification