Science News 04/04/2012

The benefits of organic baby food

Feeding a baby is sometimes a very daunting task for mothers. Questions like; choice of foods, when to feed them, breast milk or bottle, baby names, organic foods or non-organic foods the list goes on. It is important to remember that every mother is different and the choices that she makes will depend on her beliefs, her own upbringing and the countless articles just like this one that she will have inevitably read in preparation for her child. This article is purely an informative guide about some of the benefits of feeding a baby organically.

As parents are well aware the first few years in a babies life are crucial in it’s lifelong development, so the choice of what to feed a baby is very important. Most parents know the basics about maintaining a well balanced diet with all the vitamins a baby needs, but when it comes to the choice of how to get these vitamins it starts to get tricky. There is not right or wrong answer to this question, and there is nothing wrong with using non-organic foods produce but there are several benefits of feeding a child organically.

Research supports organic foods which is not surprising! Just think about all the hormones, antibiotics and chemicals that are pumped into food these days. A 2003 Washington University study of children’s diets determined that those who ate organic food had six times lower levels of pesticides in their bodies than those who did not. A very scary thought to think that simply feeding a child could be exposing them to these harsh chemicals. It makes being worried about baby names seem silly.

Health problems connected with chemicals like pesticides have a strong connection with a broad range of health problems, including cancer, lung disease, reproductive problems and disorders of the endocrine and immune systems. It certainly starts to make the health conscious parent think more about the benefits of organic food. Even if it is starting slow and swapping potatoes for organic potatoes, reducing a child's exposure to the chemical is a positive move for their nutritional health. "Good nutrition is important at any time because it helps build a body that will sustain a child for the rest of his or her life.” says Elizabeth Knapp, MD, a leading pediatrician with the Austin Regional Clinic.
A slight downfall of organic food is that it can be on the expensive side, but is that added expensive comparable to the health of a child? A consumer can expect to pay up to 25% more on organic food, compared to the non-organic version. This can sometimes deter people from buying organically but the best way to beat the added expense is to become a smart shopper. Here are some tips about how to avoid the added expense…

Shop Online - Buying online is a great way to cut down in costs. There is also a wide range of products that will get shipping right to your door!
Buy in bulk - Be aware that the more you buy the cheaper it will be. Think ahead and plan meals. This will make buying in bulk a lot easier and less daunting.
Farmers markets - A trip to the market not only fills the fridge but can be a great outing for the family as well. Markets are also a great place to find bargains and new and exciting ways to eat organically. Have a talk to the local farmers, it’s always interesting to see what they do with their produce and hopefully get some of their homemade baby food recipes.
Supermarket sales - Organic baby food is sometimes marked down at supermarkets. This is a great time to stock up. Just always be wary of the expiration date.
Smart shopping - Comparing prices at the grocery stores and the supermarket is a good way to find the lowest price.

Buying adult organic for a baby is not a bad thing. Many products that are found within the organic section can be eaten by a child. For example; apple sauce, canned vegetables and other products that are already pureed are great for babies. Another great idea is mashing organic potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkins. Healthy, easy and delicious!

This article should not force a parent into eating organically but simply make them think about the benefits. Cutting down on harmful chemicals should be something that everyone strives to achieve. It is not always easy but even just reading this article is a set in the right direction. For more information about organic products, maternity clothing, homemade baby food recipes, baby names and baby health visit

di S. C.