IS NON-ORGANIC FOOD SLOW POISONING YOUR KIDS?
What Is Organic Food?
Let’s face it, most of us are intrigued by the term organic. One may not know what the word organic signifies, but people usually associate organic food with something that has no side effect. Eating organic food is unsurprisingly considered as a healthy (read: a tad expensive) alternative to regular food. But what difference would it make to a child’s health in his/her future if their diet is organic from an early age?
Let’s get acquainted with organic food and what it truly entails. Organic food is produced without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, sewage sludge, radiation, genetically modified organisms, etc. These chemicals are used for taste, colour, ripening or to enhance the produce.
Effects Of Non-Organic Food
Regular (or non-organic) food contains traces of harmful pesticides and chemicals that were being used to produce it. While the amount of these contaminants may be small in non-organic food, regular consumption of these chemicals and hormones in higher or lower concentration can be harmful for your system. Too much of intake may cause certain cancers and are suspected to cause an early onset of puberty in children. This is caused due to the disruption of hormones which in turn causes imitation of estrogen or testosterone. Children’s immune systems are still in the developing state and are more susceptible to the adverse effects of chemicals found in regular food. There were several studies that found that the children whose mothers were exposed to higher levels of organophosphate pesticides while they were pregnant, had IQs averaging several points below those children whose mothers were not exposed.
Is Organic Food Worth The Dollars?
While no food can be said to be 100% free from the above contaminants, the amount of the pollutants in organic food items are little to nothing. Parents would obviously want to encapsulate their family’s diet into this genre. This healthy, albeit high priced food may be condemned by naysayers for the fact that sticking an organic sticker over a food item makes it pricey. It is advisable to buy food that is classified as certified organic and not just organic to eliminate the question of authenticity. There comes the tangible question, does an organic diet help improve children’s health?
Benefits Of Organic Food
You may want to consider switching to an organic diet to decrease the risk of exposure to chemicals through food. Changing your children’s diet to organic will drastically lower the levels of metabolites of extremely harmful insecticides in their systems. While we have already established that organic food is the best bet for children, not everyone can make this choice owing to the high price. Organic food does burn a hole in the pocket and may not be everyone’s cup of tea. In that case, it would be advisable to not buy organic everything. Not all organic items come under the label ‘healthy’, as there can be organic butter, cookies, sugar, cheese, etc. Essentially, you can provide your children with a diet of organic fruits and vegetables, because these foods are the ones that matter the most. You can figure out what your child consumes the most and replace that product with its organic counterpart.
Children come across a plethora of toxins through the surroundings already and hence, we should at least lower the exposure to the toxicity they encounter from the food arena. Children’s diet can include a portion of organic meat and dairy as well. This reduces their exposure to the synthetic hormones and antibiotics that the animals were raised on for an increased growth rate. Also, they’ll be gaining the healthy nutrients from the organic diet. Farming co-operative Organic Valley commissioned a study that found that organic food has a higher concentration of omega-3 fatty acids that keep the heart happy. Children fed such diets automatically pave the way for a healthy future as their bodies are devoid of the extreme toxicity that comes through foods.
Know What Is Risky And Make A Healthy Choice
While having said all this, it may not be the amount of pesticides that is harmful, but it is the toxicity of the same. So, while saying that regular food is five times more likely to contain chemical traces as compared to organic food, it may not mean that the regular produce is unhealthy just because of the presence of the pesticide. According to a 2012 Stanford meta study, it’s not the amount of pesticide residue that can deem food risky. It’s the toxicity of the residue that matters the most while labelling the food as harmful.
Hence, it is crucial to know what’s going into your food and the best way to be sure that your food contains no such residue is that you opt for organic food as your family’s diet. Most people have been hesitant about this switch to organic foods because of the higher price and lack of knowledge on how it affects the system. In the long run, this could turn into an expensive affair, but on the other hand, it can save way more on the hospital bills later in life. You are what you eat and eating healthy will help you and your children live a healthy and chemical residue free life.
Author: Prajakta Gaikwad – Blogger at Tinychaps
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