The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown, processed based on required specifications and hence they are different from conventional products.
How are organic different from non-organic produce?
- Organic farming methods strictly do not allow the use of any synthetic chemicals, not even livestock administered with antibiotics or growth hormones.
- Virtually, even residues on most products — both organic and nonorganic — should not exceed government safety thresholds.
- There is an increased dependence on biological diversity in the field to naturally reduce habitats for pests in organic farming.
Of late, organic foods have become a regular feature at most supermarkets and are generally priced higher than their conventional counterparts, primarily because they are given the “white collar” tag by consumers!
All’s in the thought!
The false dichotomy between conventional and organic food like, eating less fruits and vegetables due to fear of pesticides or the high price of organics does far more harm to our health than any of the pesticide residues on our food.
Organic food – is it a necessity for children?
In general, all parents desire their children to be healthy and non-picky eaters. The nutritional choices that parents make for their children sets the stage for good health, in the long run.
While switching children to an organic diet drastically reduces their exposure to harmful chemicals, there is neither a concrete guarantee on the freshness nor a stern warranty on the nutritional benefits when consumed regularly.
Both organic and conventionally grown foods have comparable nutrient counts that are important for children’s health.
However, parents need to be selective in choosing organic foods.
- Reading the product labels and interpreting them correctly
- Checking on the nutritional profile of the product
- Recognising a product more by the adherence to safety standards than by brand name
Above are few of the features to be borne in mind while choosing organic foods.
For parents, there is a dire need to understand the lethal effects on children because of overdoing foods of organic and/ or non-organic origin. The implications of an overdose could shape as:
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Various cancers
- Birth defects
There is no underlying intention to strengthen the phobia factor or promote obsession over Organic food, especially amongst over anxious moms.
Encourage your children to eat a varied diet, wash and scrub all produce thoroughly, adopt good cooking practices and make a combo of organic & conventional foods, in daily regime.
This document is advised for general reading. For a wider scope of consuming organic foods, we suggest you to check with your Paediatrician.