Organic VS Non-Organic Baby Food

All parents want to give their babies the best possible start in life, and this involves many important decisions. One of them is definitely food. Modern parents have trouble with choosing between organic and conventional baby food.

Conventional baby food

Most baby foods are made from cooking, pureeing and packaging fresh foods. For non-organic baby foods, the source food, such as apples, green beans, or rice, is grown using conventional farming or ranching methods. Most conventional baby foods are inexpensive and parents have many different varieties to choose from.

Organic food

In order for baby food (or any other food) to carry an organic label, it must meet the strict standards set by the USDA’s National Organic Program, meaning that it comes from fruits and vegetables that are not sprayed with chemical pesticides and meat from animals that are not given antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic foods don’t contain any artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.

Benefits of organic

A study published in the journal “Environmental Health Perspectives” found that kids who ate conventional foods had several different pesticides in their systems, but these chemicals disappeared within a day after switching to organic food and juice. According to Allison Pennell writing at the parenting website Babble.com, ongoing exposure to pesticides can make babies and children more vulnerable to health problems, including a risk of neuro-development damage in particular. Since babies’ brains and bodies are at a crucial stage of development, many believe that it is necessary to limit their exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals. Pennell also writes that the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” claims that organic produce contains more nutrients and higher levels of vitamins.

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