Organic Eating and Your Children: The Benefits

OK, so you’ve sold yourself on the idea that eating organically is going to help you. But what about your kids? What benefits do they get from doing so? Turns out plenty exist. In fact, these compelling reasons should help you switch them to an organic diet.

First, organic food offers more nutrients than non-organic food. That’s reason enough to help your child attain the levels of nutrients needed a day through food alone. Sure, vitamin and mineral supplements can help your child attain the recommended daily allowances (RDA) of them, but isn’t it nicer to get them from the foods they’ll consume anyway? And organic foods just taste better, so they’ll be more likely to enjoy fruits and vegetables more.

But even more reasons exist. You might not have known, for example, that ridding toxins in the diet can help your child’s health. In fact, a study in the British Journal of Nutrition showed that 815 two-year-olds who ate organic dairy products had fewer incidents of eczema and wheezing than did the control group, who ate conventionally grown dairy foods. With asthma on the rise in children, this is a phenomenal result and a great reason to go organic. Of course, you should not only use organic dairy, but also feed your child a variety of lovely fruits and vegetables and foods free of nasty additives.

Also, your child’s mental health will probably stay healthier if she eats organic foods. Indeed, an organic diet decreases the chances for depression and concentration problems in children (and adults). This means your child will perform better in school, not be as tired and will work harder than her fellow student consuming nasty, non-organic foods.

In addition, eating organic foods can help with attention deficit disorder (ADD), a common condition children have. Though drugs such as Ritalin are prescribed, they have many side effects and a lot of parents are hesitant to give them to their children. Who can blame them? Who knows how they will affect children’s development? If children eat organic foods, their risks for ADD are lowered dramatically, since there is a definite correlation between diet and disease. High sugar consumption and eating processed and toxin-filled foods can really cause problems. However, the high nutrient value and small amount of pesticides and other unhealthy things in organic foods can help keep your child healthier.

Of course, not all organic food is necessarily good for your child. A plethora of sweets, cookies and snack foods are organic – but are they valuable additions to a child’s diet? Of course not. Just because a chocolate chip cookie is organic doesn’t mean it will add value to your child’s diet. Watch what you feed your child carefully. Stress vegetables and fruits as snacks – they’ll learn to love their taste and texture.

Studies have shown that the amount of toxins a child eats can really impact her health. For example, American children eating organically have less than one sixth the pesticide residues in their urine than those who eat conventionally grown foods. Also, a study done in Mexico showed a higher growth rate in children who ate organically than children from a neighboring village who did not. Eating organically when you are breast feeding is similarly beneficial to your child’s development, as is feeding her organic baby food (which you can even make yourself).

Hands down, research and common sense show children who eat an organic diet will be healthier than those who don’t. So why take chances? Segue into an organic lifestyle today!

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