Doctors who specialize in treating the nation's little ones are largely in favor of stuffing their lunchboxes with organic foods, writes NPR.
Pediatricians have come out in favor of pesticide-free and non-GMO foods in a new report issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
"Clearly if you eat organic produce, you have fewer pesticides in your body," said Joel Forman, an associate professor of pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Forman and his peers cited the negative effects of pesticide exposure on the babies of farm workers to make the case against children's consumption of non-organically grown produce. They discovered "small but significant" harm to the development of motor skills among children born to mothers who worked in direct contact with pesticides.
This puts them at odds with Stanford University scientists who recently found no significant risk to eating produce treated with pesticides based on a review of 200 studies, and no particular benefit to opting for organics. "You can't use organic as your sole criteria for judging nutritional quality," said one researcher.
Via NPR and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
@Neo_NtheMatrix What is there to debate? You are under some delusion that the First Lady is preaching to you. I can't help you with that. Apparently you must have some problem with people advising kids to eat healthy meals. Must be a conservative thing like wanting the uninsured to die, booing gay soldiers, thinking that cutting taxes for the top 1% is going to help the bottom 99% and the like. What's next Mr. America are you going to tell me to "love it or leave it"?
The bottom line is that most organically grown foods are produced by the same companies that produce regular foods and in very similar circumstances. "Organic" has very little real meaning. The differences between regular and organic is more about the price than anything else. Go ahead and feed your kids non-organic foods. You'll save money and the kids will be just as healthy.
A lot of generations thrived before organic foods? Pesticides and herbicides are pretty recent inventions. Most all food was grown "organically" before DDT was discovered in 1939, although compounds containing arsenic and hydrogen cyanide were used earlier. Sound tasty?
@tomincali The definition of organic food is simple: no artificial pesticides, fertilizers, preservatives or genetically altered seed stock. What is advertised as "organic" or "natural" in the supermarket is a different story. Non-organic food is cheaper because it does not spoil as quickly and because much of it is subsidized by the government.
Exactly! You can't just look at the "organic" word and blindly buy it. You have to do a bit of research. Meats and milk would be prime on my list to make the effort to get good organic. My daughter and husband bought one kind of organic formula and then found that it was processed using something totally wrong for the baby. The switched. BTW, on the organic formula, the baby has no reflux, so common with babies since they have to be on their back all the time, and she slept through the night at around 2 weeks. PS - the "Nap Nanny" helped too.
I would LOVE to feed my children only organic fruits veggies and meats with the occasional treat. However, who can afford to feed a four person household and mostly healthy diet when prices on the stuff are so much more? I understand that some of the organic stuff is only 20 to 50 cents more but if you add all of that up on each thing at the end of grocery shopping for two weeks worth of groceries, it adds up to quite a bit!
I agree, but if you maybe stick to mostly organic meats and milk it might not be so bad. You can wash the veggies and fruit and if you peel the fruit, you get rid of the bad stuff anyhow. Personally, fresh veggies, of any kind, are better than canned and frozen are a better choice if fresh is not available.
@ir0nw0lfe I know canned are, are you sure about the frozen? The ones I'm thinking of are harvested and flash frozen. I just checked a bag of frozen lima beans, I only use limas and peas frozen, and they have no sodium. Perhaps the ones with sauces and such have the sodium. I just buy local fresh stuff like corn in the summer and cook a however many ears I want for dinner and 2 or 3 extra to cut off and throw in the freezer for the winter. We have a wonderful fresh organic farm just down the road so we get all the goodies we can when we can. No matter, it's always best to check the label, of course that gets a little harder now that I have to have drug store readers!
@Tralee i've lived in brasil now for 16 years. in that 16 years i haven't bought one can of fruit or vegetables other than tomato paste. we buy our fruits and vegetables fresh once or twice a week from the street fairs, and our meats come from the local butcher shop where they sell only free range beef and pork. the chicken and eggs that we buy comes from an egg farm where it is raised naturally. we buy fruit and make all of our own juices, also.
the cost for all of this? less than 1/3 of what i was paying in the u.s. for much lower quality foods.
Kids get used to, and immune to, things they are exposed to. Believe me, I grew jp on a farm and have eaten about everything. As has my family, and my child. There is no good that comes from being a germiphobe.
It's not the germs I go to organic for, it's the artificial hormones used to grow them bigger and bigger! Personally, I never buy Purdue chickens, they are just too big. One half breast is enough to feed two now. I like the small kosher (they are usually organic too) chickens no bigger than 4 lbs.
If at all possible, children should at least eat organically raised meat and poultry. My personal theory why so many young women of child bearing age have fertility problems, is the hormones used to make bigger and bigger chickens and cows etc. to maximize the profit of raising an animal for market. Almost every woman of my daughters acquaintance had some form of fertility problems from needing a little boost with pills to IVF and IVF several times before they got pregnant. My daughter's daughter will be raised like I raise her, I made all her baby food, I only bought the baby cereals but organic meat was not available. It's easier and cheaper than buying who knows what in the store. And you have the added bonus of going from baby food to table food because the meals taste the same. I just pureed whatever we were having for dinner, the veggies etc. and froze them in icecube trays. Now they have a whole neat thing to make your own, it's called the Baby Bullet" and it's a whole system to make and store your own food. You can get it at many places, Bed Bath and Beyond is where I got my daughters set.
Parents should be mindful of where their food comes from but no. What if good chemicals are used? What if they enhanced the plant's nutrition? Or what if they genetically modified it to have better nutrients. We shouldn't assume natural is necessarily best, but we should still be wary of chemicals that do have negative effects or which we aren't sure of.