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Does My Baby Need Organic Baby Food?
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare.
You find out something you’ve been doing routinely to your baby for years actually causes them harm.
…Does that apply to feeding them conventional food you can get at any store?
Are you unwittingly hurting your child’s health and possibly setting them up for serious diseases like cancer later on in life?
What the Research Says
Check out some authoritative sources. First, start with Mayo Clinic:
“…[B]ut the USDA makes no claims or guarantees that organic foods are safer or more nutritious than are nonorganic foods…What’s most important, however, is a balanced diet.”
– Jay L. Hoecker, M.D. at Mayo Clinic
You will find various USDA seals on food products to certify their level of organic compliance.
While it’s reasonable to think that organic foods, which are exposed to far less pesticides and fertilizers than conventional foods, are actually much safer and healthier, the USDA’s seal doesn’t guarantee this.
Evidence suggests organic foods lead to fewer kinds of health problems. But, debate still exists around the issue.
An article at the Washington Post actually comes to a similar conclusion. Tiffany Hayes, director of pediatric nutrition at the John’s Hopkins Children’s Center says:
“The variety of foods and nutrients that babies take in will have a much larger impact on their health than whether they’re fed organic or not. Vitamins, minerals and fiber have much better research and documented health benefits than does choosing organic.”
One study performed in 2000 compared the pesticide levels found in three brands of baby food. Two were conventionally made while one was organic. The study’s lead researchers couldn’t detect pesticides in any of the three brands.
…But That Doesn’t Mean Organic Isn’t a Healthy Option for Your Baby
While cancer, immune diseases, behavioral problems, and other conditions have been linked to conventionally grown foods with pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, there’s no conclusive proof they cause such problems.
On the surface, it sounds like a logical conclusion. But, research hasn’t unquestionably proven this yet.
Current pesticide levels fall well within the EPA’s required range, which is likely why they haven’t been proven to cause the problems they’re accused of.
All that being said, placing your baby on an organic diet certainly won’t cause them additional harm.
And if you just like to be safe and have peace of mind, you can relax, knowing they have even less exposure to pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
For now, exposing your child to a variety of vitamins and minerals has been proven to be the healthiest route.
The decision, ultimately, is yours. And now you have the information necessary to make the healthiest decision for your baby.