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Is It Important to Feed Your Kids Organic Food?

Lately, there’s been a lot of hype around eating all organic food. But is it all a fad, or is it important to feed your kids organic food? While there are definitely benefits to eating all organically, is it really absolutely necessary? Mom Trusted breaks down the pros and cons for you here:

 

Pros:

-Eating organically can help reduce the level of toxins in your body.

-It can also reduce the risk of many forms of cancer.

-Hormones used in inorganic animal reproduction can hinder sexual development.

-The DNA from genetically modified crops can transfer into our own bodies and natural bacteria.

-You are what you eat so eat naturally and nutritiously.

 

Cons:

-Eating all organically can be expensive. While it may not necessarily break the bank, paying a full $1 more on some veggies adds up over time, especially when you’re feeding a family.

-Scoping organic food can sometimes be a bit inconvenient, but as it’s becoming more popular, it is becoming easier to find.

 

The bottom line:

If you can foot the bill and don’t mind going a bit out of your way to find the best organic grocery spots, the health benefits are definitely worth it. If it’s too tough for you to swing financially, try to grab organic items here and there when you can or when they are on sale.

 

Remember that the only totally organic options say, “100% organic.” Even if they read “organic,” that only means they must be 70% organic. “All natural” is not organic either. If you’re looking to buy organically, always check labels carefully or head to your local farmers’ market and talk to the farmers themselves.

 

Sources:

-“Why choosing organic food matters” Baby Center: http://www.babycenter.com/0_why-choosing-organic-food-matters_3652375.bc

-“Organic foods: Are they safer? More nutritious?” Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/organic-food/NU00255

-“The truth about organic food” Redbook: http://www.redbookmag.com/recipes-home/truth-about-organic-foods

-Photo courtesy of Witthaya Phonsawat/freedigitalphotos.net

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