3 Reasons You Should Make Organic A Choice For Your Kids
What parent wouldn’t want the best for their child? Such is natural and part of the parental nurturing reflex. As parents, we want to feed our children healthy food—fruits and vegetables that aren’t just fresh but devoid of artificial flavorings and pesticides as well. In practice, however, we subconsciously end up making wrong food choices. Take, for example, baby food pouches. I’m sure that the millions of moms using these food pouches with their kids are certain they’re making the right choice—they’re made from organic produce, they’re hygienically packed, and they’re convenient as well! But not many know that these food pouches are a gateway to bad eating habits. They can lead to bad, long-term snacking habits and even affect a child’s oral health.
Unfortunately, not every mom has the time and energy to spend hours in the kitchen making homemade baby food from scratch. We want food that’s not only yummy but easy to prepare as well. Sadly, this also describes a lot of unhealthy food currently flooding the baby food market. So what’s a parent to do?
Making Health a Lifestyle Choice
There’s a lot of conflicting information about what is and what isn’t healthy for children. While earlier it was suggested that all fat is bad, we now know that there’s good fat and bad fat. Is sugar harmless or does it cause ADHD? In fact, there’s a small industry devoted to manipulating our food preferences, one that convinces us to choose one food over the other. But the philosophy behind healthy living is rather simple and straightforward: eat food that’s fresh, free from chemicals and growth hormones, and loaded with active cultures of bacteria. Organic foods tick all of these boxes. Here’s why you should include them in your diet:
1. The Health Hazards Associated with Consuming Pesticides Can Go Undetected for Decades:
Until it was banned in 1972 by the United States, Dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT) was a commonly available pesticide being sprayed across vast acres of fields. In fact, it was promoted as a wonder-chemical that managed to kill all insects, small or large. More than four decades later, we continue to live with the ill-effects of this chemical. DDT caused an epidemic of premature births, and it took the scientific community close to 30 years to detect this link. Another report found that girls who were exposed to DDT before puberty were five times more likely to develop breast cancer later in life.
2. Organic Food Is Good for the Environment:
Society and the environment are not mutually exclusive—we need the latter to ensure the survival of our children. We owe our children a livable planet, which means securing its future is essential. Take the instance of DDT—it not only polluted our rivers, lakes, and oceans, but also nearly drove birds like the bald eagle and brown pelican to extinction. Agricultural produce that’s manufactured using organic farming practices does not include:
• Pesticides and fertilizers that contaminate soil, rivers, lakes, and oceans.
• Synthetic growth hormones and antibiotics that could interfere with stomach bacteria.
• Unsustainable farming practices that negatively affect biodiversity or local wildlife.
Unlike conventional farmers, organic farmers encourage birds, bats, snakes, and other predatory animals as they assist with pest control.
3. Organic Food Is Healthy:
Don’t let the conventional food industry fool you into believing that there’s little or no difference in nutritional value between organic and conventionally-grown food! A recent study found that Omega-3 fatty acids are found in higher concentrations in organic products. Children are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of pesticides and other chemicals. Their immune systems are still developing, and because of their small size they end up getting exposed to more chemical residues than adults. Children born to women who were exposed to higher amounts of organophosphate pesticides while pregnant have lower IQ levels than their peers.
This is the bottom line: a child eating organic baby food is likely to be healthier and more active than one fed off commercial, mass-produced vegetable purees that come packaged in attractive pouches or glass bottles.