Monday, December 4, 2006
Medical Reports: Organic Option
Every parent wants their child to grow up strong and healthy. But when it comes to baby food, not all brands are created equal. If you have a new bundle of joy, you may want to consider the organic option. 7's Christine Cruz explains.
The decision on what to feed baby Noah was easy for Christen Harris. She's one of many parents who is opting for organic.
Cristen Harris: "Making the choice between organic and regular baby food was just automatic."
Almost every major baby food maker now has an organic line. One local mom has even created her own organic baby food company called Baby Cubed.
Jennifer Russel: "I thought this is so good for my daughter, and I really like the start I was able to provide for her. I thought, 'How wonderful it would be to provide this for other families.'"
Now as the company CEO, Jennifer Russel is providing that natural selection by buying from local organic farmers and making food fresh each week.
Jennifer Russell: "This is the best part of the whole thing -- seeing how he's so happy to eat the food."
And that food can make a difference. Nutrionists say eating organic eliminates pesticides and chemicals -- toxins that can possibly disrupt the development of a baby's immune system and nervous system.
Lucille Beseler: "We know that baby food is a condensed form of any kind of food, so, because of that, there are more concentrated pesticides in a small amount of that food."
Unfortunatly, experts don't know how much regular baby food an infant must consume to experience any ill effects. But when it comes down to actual nutrition, studies show organic isn't necessarily better. It just tends to taste better.
Lucille Beseler: "We haven't found that statistically the micro nutrient or macro nutrient content of organic food is better than regular baby food. We don't want all parents to think they must buy organic baby foods."
To play it safe, experts suggest buying fruits and veggies that are known to have lower pesticides residues, like asparagus, avocados, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, kiwi, mangos, papaya, and sweet peas.
Cristen hopes Noah keeps an apetite for organic. As a mother, she's learned it's not just about feeling good but tasting good.
Be sure to look for food that says "Certified Organic."That way, you know the government has confirmed it was grown without any pesticides or hormones.
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