What’s the deal with organic food for kids? Should we or shouldn’t we?

June 21, 2013

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This is a sponsored post for Ella’s Kitchen

I’ve never paid much attention to organic food. I thought it a bit more expensive, a bit hyped up, and if my late grandfather could live up to 103 on non-organic food, surely I’d survive sprayed and synthesised food?

And when it came to feeding my son, my attitude was that as long as he was getting the basics right, and eating fruit and veg, who cares whether or not there are some chemicals?

But the more I read, the more I think that there might be a case for organics, particularly for kids. The more science I come across (via Dr Google, not med or engineering school), the more I see that organic food have been proven to prevent illness, or boost health. And while this post isn’t intended to make you feel guilty, or panic that you’re not going the organic route, it’s just a share of what some studies are saying.

There have also been around four baby and toddler food ranges in South Africa in the last five years that I know of, and each one is organic, meaning there’s not only a market, but perhaps a good reason why we should be choosing those brands.

So what is organic food? It basically refers to food that is not produced with any chemical fertilisers, growth hormones, antibiotics or pesticides. They’re highly regulated, so will need to get a certification seal in order to be classified organic.

So, briefly, studies show that:

Feeding your child organic meat can prevent overexposure to antibiotics, which can lead to antibiotic-resistant infections.

– Organically raised chickens contain less arsenic (a cancer-causing chemical) than other chickens

– In 2006, the BBC reported that pesticides found in fruits and vegetables, and the decreased nutrients in non-organic produce, can cause mental health issues like depression, and memory problems in children and adults.

– Pesticides have been linked to neurological problems, cancer, infertility, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, allergies and asthma, wheezing, rashes and other skin problems, and ADHD.

It’s food for thought for me as a mom – not only for my son, but for my health too. Why risk the effects of pesticides if I can do something small to keep us as healthy as possible? I can’t say that I’m going to go fully organic overnight, but where I see it and it’s accessible, I’ll probably purchase it.

For more info on Ella’s Kitchen new organics range, have a look at their website.

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