Organic food is food produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals. Going organic means eating healthily, but the trouble is organic food can also be very costly. So, is it worth buying organic food at all?
How is Going Organic is Good for Your Baby?
Going organic means, you will be protecting yourself and your baby from pesticide residue that you can find on foods that are grown using conventional methods. Organic food is not Genetically-modified (GMO) and tastes better too.
Also, if you buy baby food, food manufacturers add loads of weird ingredients to food to it shelf stable.
Pesticide Residue – The Dirty Dozen
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has recently released a list of the Dirty Dozen Foods. These foods have been found to contain the most amounts of pesticide residue.
The Dirty Dozen List
Even though Environmental Working Group states that the benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables far outweigh the risks of consuming pesticide residue, you should aim to buy organic produce for your baby. Make sure that your baby eats are much organic fruit and vegetables as possible.
If going organic isn’t an option for you, all hope isn’t lost. The USDA has set allowable pesticide residue limits that they deem as safe for consumption and most of the foods that will you find at your local grocery store should meet those standards. You can rinse off any traces of the remaining pesticide residue with plain tap water. Only add organic foods as your wallet allows.
Choosing Organic Food for Your Baby
Organic food is the best food that you can feed your baby especially in the first year of his life as this is when babies develop at a rapid rate and are more sensitive to harmful chemicals. Organic food is also better for our soils, for you and the environment. It is the greener choice.
- Consider buying organic meat and chicken. I strongly believe that animals have the right to a good life. Egg-producing hens (layers), for example, should not be enclosed in small cages or spaces.
- You could also buy free range organic chickens. Free range chickens have a better quality of life; they have more space in which to move around and have a chance to be outdoors where they can carry out their natural chicken behavior.
- Consider buying locally produced vegetables, fruits, beef and other foods. Locally produced food, especially organic foods require less fossil fuel combustion. By buying organic and locally produced food, we reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions. The quality of our poultry, eggs, milk, and beef also becomes better because they do not come from animals that are continuously under stress and antibiotic treatment.
Make Your Baby Food
You can also make homemade baby food using organically grown produce, free-range organic chickens, beef and much more. Homemade baby food is the best food for your baby because you know exactly what goes into her/his little tummy. You know the ingredients to start with, so you do not have to worry about the unhealthy stuff like food thickeners, preservatives and more. You put your focus on giving your baby the best nutrition possible.
Commercial baby food stands on store shelves for months. To make this possible, commercial baby food is normally cooked at very high temperatures to sterilize it and much of the nutrition is lost because of this.
Going organic – Where to Find Organic Food
More and more leading chain supermarkets are stocking up on organic produce as they notice that the demand for organic food is increasing by the day. If you want to buy the freshest organic produce, then try and locate your nearest organic farmer. There are many organic farms today, and some of them even offer home delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables.
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