Today there is much debate and emphasis in relation organic vs non organic food…and which is better for our children. Organic crops are grown without pesticides, artificial fertilisers and processed without food additives. Organic meat and seafood is produced without antibiotics or growth stimulators/hormones. An organic farming system doesn’t use any type of synthetic chemicals or genetically modified organisms.
Although there is still conflicting information regarding organic food and children, there is evidence that supports the view that infants and children are more vulnerable to chemicals, toxic substances and pesticide residues in their diet.
It is thought that the rapid rate of children’s development and the immaturity of their organs may mean their tissues absorb chemicals more readily and they are less able to break them down. Furthermore, kilo for kilo, children eat, drink and breathe more than adults and they have more years of future life which means there is a greater potential to develop diseases linked to early exposure to toxic substances.
Benefits of organic food and organic gardening
Putting the above in perspective, our view at Yum Yum Kids is a pragmatic one. We simply think that organic alternatives may be better for your baby/child as early foods are fuelling intense growth and laying building blocks for a healthy body and mind. Whether it’s growing an organic garden with your child or cooking using organic ingredients – we believe it is ultimately a better choice.
In saying that, we fully appreciate that it is not always possible to go organic. Our emphasis is on healthy foods, whole foods, seasonal foods and where possible… we try to choose organic options.
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