Babies, toddlers and children are at increased risk of exposure to pesticides and chemicals.
Over the past decade, organic foods have become increasingly popular.
Research shows that organic foods, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, and dairy products, can have nutritional, environmental, and animal welfare benefits. Thus, it is clear why parents want to choose organic food for their children.
So let’s take a closer look at the benefits.
Organic food is grown using agricultural methods that are different from traditional methods.
Unlike conventional agriculture, organic farmers do not use synthetic chemicals such as pesticides, artificial fertilizers, irradiation to kill pests and extend the shelf life of food, growth hormones, or nutrients. antibiotics. They are also not derived from genetically modified components or ingredients.
The increased consumption of organic foods should be particularly welcomed by parents considering babies, toddlers and children, as they are particularly vulnerable to the consumption of pesticides and chemicals.
“When infants and toddlers are growing and developing rapidly, choosing certified organic foods can help reduce exposure to pesticides and chemicals,” says pediatric dietitian Shae Rickards.
“While organic and conventionally grown foods can provide all the nutrients your child needs for a healthy, balanced diet, research has shown that some organic foods have lower levels of nitrates, levels of omega fatty acids. -3 higher and higher amounts of certain vitamins and minerals. “said Rickards
“An interesting study from the Netherlands looked at the consumption of organic foods in children and found a statistically significant relationship between strict organic dairy products and a reduced risk of eczema. The authors noted that omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and help maintain the skin barrier. “
The principles of organic farming protect the environment and minimize damage to the environment by diversifying their crops and pastures, which reduces soil erosion and nitrous oxide emissions. In addition, animals raised on organic farms are treated with humanity and respect. They have access to roaming open air pastures (not kept in cages or feeding pens). Organic cows are fed high quality herbs and their diet cannot be supplemented with GMO feed, growth regulating drugs, steroids, hormones and antibiotics are all prohibited.
What to look for
Despite all of these benefits, Rickards says that “the use of the word ‘organic’ on a food label is not that well regulated, so it’s important to make sure the products you buy are from certified growers and producers. . “
“Don’t be fooled by claims that the product is ‘natural’ or ‘chemical free’ if the correct certification labeling is not displayed,” advises Rickards.
There are two certification bodies in Australia: ACO (Australian Certified Organic) and NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture in Australia). Certification ensures that the entire organic supply chain maintains its integrity, from the paddock to the plate.
More than six in ten Australian households currently buy organic products in any given year. Experts predict that number will continue to rise, alongside our growing appetite for healthy, unprocessed foods.
Organic foods can be found at local markets and health food stores. There is also a wide variety on your supermarket shelves, making it easier for shoppers to make the best choices for their families.
Brands like Bellamy’s Organic have a range of organic meals and snacks, like apple snacks, that tick all the boxes; simple, nutritious and free from all the bad stuff. Plus, they’re made with organic apples sourced directly from Tasmania, reducing food miles and supporting our local Australian farmers.
“While organic foods sometimes don’t look as shiny or grow as big as conventional foods, a lot of people say they taste better too,” says Rickards. “Anything we can do to increase overall nutritional intake, especially for our toddlers, is good in the long run.”
So, isn’t it time you thought about organic food?
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