What Parents Should Know About Organic Foods – A Parent’s Life | Aetna InteliHealth
FOODS_ORG.-PAM'SNovember 30, 2012
A Parent’s Life
November 13, 2012
By Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Boston Children’s Hospital

It’s a question more and more parents are asking themselves: Should I buy organic foods? Are they worth the extra money?

It’s clear that organic farming is better for the earth. It’s a more sustainable way of farming. And it uses fewer chemicals. If cost weren’t an issue, we should all probably buy organic foods and encourage more food suppliers to use organic methods.

The problem is that most families can’t afford to go all organic ? it would increase their grocery bills too much. In a recent report the American Academy of Pediatrics said that if the food industry sets its mind to it, there are ways to decrease the cost of organic foods. Hopefully it will.

In the meantime, here’s what you should know when deciding what to buy in the store:

  Nutrients: Studies have not shown any significant differences in the nutritional value of organic foods over conventionally produced foods.
Pesticides: We know that pesticides aren’t good for us, and conventional foods have more pesticides than organic foods (that’s part of the definition). The tricky part is figuring out how much pesticide really is too much. There’s a lot we really don’t know about the dangers of the chemicals farmers use to keep bugs off our food. Here are some things we do know:
Pregnant women and young children are most sensitive to the effects of pesticides. If you are pregnant or have a young child, you may want to buy organic as much as you can.  (Read more)

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