Monday, September 8, 2008
I read this article in American Baby and thought it was pretty informative. I never thought I'd be one of those "Organic-buying" people....I used to think it was silly and an extravagance....but since reading more and more about it, and having a little Briggy....my mind has completely changed. This article details the 7 best organic food items to feed your children (although the recommend eating as organically as possible)
*Fact* Babies eat more than adults, pound for pound, and are more vulnerable to environmental toxins
although it is 50% MORE than conventional milk...it DOESNT contain th antibiotics, artificial hormones and pesticides that the conventional milk does.
Organic milk also contains significantly higher levels of heart-healthy fatty acids and antioxidants.
Potatoes are one of the 12 most pesticide-contaminated fruits/vegetables....81% of potatoes still contain pesticide AFTER being WASHED and PEELED!
3. PEANUT BUTTER
The pesticides used on peanuts are found to be ESPECIALLY toxic...also genetically modified soy may cross over into the peanut crop...which many believe is the reason for the dramatic decade-long increase in peanut allergies.
4. BABY FOOD
The body and brain of a newborn---> 3 year old grow faster than any other time in our lives.
Research has found that organic ketchups are 57% higher in lycopene and have WAY more antioxidants than their conventional counterpart. Also, organic ketchups DO NOT have SUGAR and ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS.
Apples are one of the most contaminated by pesticides...the organic version has been found to have higher levels of disease-fighting polyphenols and other phytonutrients.
Antibiotics are used to promote growth in livestock, and those drugs may make it into our systems. And most American beef comes from cattle that is corn or grain fed, which is NOT healthy for us. Organic, grass-fed beef tends to be LEANER and has FIVE times the OMEGA-3 fats which are good for the heart. To locate organic beef in your area visit organicconsumers.org or at your local farmers market.
Massachusetts Organic Farms that sell organic/grass-fed beef:
Caledonia Farms--Barre, Ma
Crabapple Farms--Chesterfield, Ma
100 Bryant Street
The Dirty Dozen
(These earn the distinction as the most contaminated by pesticides; buy organic when possible)
3. Sweet Bell Peppers
9. Grapes (Imported)
Posted by Kelly Tillotson at 9:32 AM