The benefits of organic foods for you and your familyby Happy Family · Jan 18, 2012
Why choose organic?
Organic food is generally described in terms of what it is not. It is not produced or grown with the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilizers, antibiotics, growth hormones, genetically modified seeds (GMOs) or pesticides.
Among the many benefits of eating organic food, the most cited one is that eating organic food reduces your exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals. University of Washington scientists found that when they compared preschoolers who consumed only organic foods to a group who only consumed conventional foods over a 24-hour period, the conventional food group had about 9 times more pesticide residues in their urine. Even more troubling was that the conventional group had levels that far exceeded the guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Conversely, the children in the organic food group had pesticide levels well within the accepted EPA guidelines.
Another potential benefit is the nutritional value of organically grown foods. Some studies show that organic produce contains more antioxidants, particularly health-protective flavonoids – in some cases 10 times more than conventionally grown varieties.
By starting your baby out on organic baby food you avoid exposing her little body to these potentially hazardous chemicals, and by continuing to eat organic in your home, even after Baby is grown up, you are minimizing your family’s exposure to harmful chemicals.