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The Truth About Organic Foods…

When it comes to your child’s diet, what is the big deal about organic VS. non-organic? In our ever-changing environment it is difficult to decipher what chemicals are harmful for human exposure.

The break down:

  • Organic foods are free of: pesticides, chemicals and most preservatives that are used when growing and processing food items.
  • If you eat mainly organic, the amount of chemicals in your bloodstream decrease.

Is this really beneficial?? It’s hard to really tell the long term effects because of the lack of studies since all organic diets have not been around all that long. But the answer is yes!!

The worst type of pesticide to be exposed to are “organophosphates” which farmers use to kill insects/weeds.

There have been studies on organophosphates in our environment but not on the effects of actually eating this pesticide. The studies do show that if moms were exposed to pesticides in the environment, their babies were at a greater risk for low birth weight and developmental abnormalities – so we can’t expect outcomes would be any better if actually ingesting pesticides.

Reducing your child’s pesticide exposure is important because its effects are more harmful as they are growing and developing. You will need to expand your budget if shopping organically but there are deals to be found. has some great tips for buying organics on the cheap because these foods can sometimes be 2x as expensive as non-organic. If buying organic ends up in you lacking on purchasing fruits & veggies then don’t opt for it and buy some produce wash.

Eating fruits & veggies is more important than an all-organic diet because our children need the vitamins and minerals from these produce sources.

The most important items (with the highest levels of pesticides) to buy organic are:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Celery
  4. Spinach
  5. Peaches
  6. Nectarines
  7. Grapes
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Blueberries
  10. Potatoes
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/Collard Green

This is a wonderful comparison site with the “Dirty Dozen” – buy these organic – and “Clean 15” – lowest in pesticide.

We also included this interesting video on organic foods. Do you feed your children an organic diet? Many Whole Foods organics are products of China. Would you believe?!

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