What is organic food? Food that is grown in a farming system without the use of potentially harmful man-made substances such as growth regulators, pesticides and livestock feed additives. However, Organic Food Farmer’s in Australia are allowed to use a very limited range of pesticides. Therefore you are not ‘eliminating’ your child’s consumption of pesticide residue but you are significantly reducing it.
In saying this, it’s more important to reduce exposure to pesticide’s for babies as opposed to adults because a baby’s immune system hasn’t developed enough to fight off all these toxins.
Here are some good reasons’ for you to buy Organic Baby Food:
1. It reduces your child’s exposure to pesticides.
2. It’s environmentally friendly.
3. It tastes better because without pesticides the plants can produce more antioxidants and vitamins.
I personally found it really challenging to sustain a fully organic diet when it came to feeding my babies. Firstly it can cost you about 50% more to buy Organic Foods and secondly I didn’t have access to all the organic produce I wanted. My solution was to choose organic where it really did make a difference.
What foods should you buy ‘Organic’? Certain produce requires significantly more intervention than others to flourish (e.g. pesticides or growth hormones). So when it comes to feeding your baby, these are precisely the foods that you should always try to buy Organic. For example:
Apples, Capsicum/Peppers, Strawberries, Blueberries, Grapes, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, Corn, Lettuce, Celery, Nectarines, Peaches, Potatoes, Strawberries, Spinach, Beef, Chicken, Milk, Yogurt & Cheese.
Whatever decision you make, the most important thing you can do is offer your child a balanced diet right from the beginning.