Is feeding a baby supposed to be this difficult or am I totally over thinking the whole thing? Don’t answer I know it is the latter but that is me, I am an over thinker by nature.
I did not jump on the whole food, organic train when it hit the northwest several years ago. When I had Ava however, I reconsidered my own eating habits and thought about what exactly I wanted going into her little body. Thus far Ava has had a mostly organic diet. I believe that the less processed our food is the better but at the same time, I have a monthly food budget that the organic world could totally through off balance. So what is the deal? Where should my priorities be?
I decided to do a little research on-line and see where exactly the highest levels of pesticides, hormones and other toxic ingredients are found: I read several articles but the site with the most information and descriptions of how they tested was the environmental working group.
If you do choose to buy organic dairy and meat should be the priority, of course the most expensive items. It makes sense though; you are what you eat right? All those hormones and antibiotics right into your food…yuck. I have actually noticed a difference in appearance and taste!
As for produce the EWG put out a list of the dirty dozen; produce you should by organic. They also listed produce less likely to be affected and alright not to buy organic.
Good news: they have found no real benefit to organic food such as; cereal, pasta, flour and bread!
Local organic farms or Co-Ops tend to have lower prices than larger grocery stores. We are lucky to have a great Natural Food Co-Op right down the street. Plus you never have to worry if you are in the right section, it is all organic!
The bottom line is that you can buy into this organic kick or not there is no scientific proof of what these chemicals do to our bodies or our children’s over time. The research is on-going and pesticides are regulated to an extent. The pro-organic groups search for connections to cancer and other health issues and then there are the non-organic companies working to prove them wrong. Good Luck finding answers. I guess my answer is: Why take the chance? But I am not going to be crazy about it either. Not everything Ava eats will be organic and not everywhere we go will have organic options…and that is perfectly alright!