Mixed Reviews on the Need For Organic Foods For Kids

Labeling for products that meet the USDA-NOP s...

Labeling for products that meet the USDA-NOP standards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are there additional health benefits for kids if they eat organic foods?  The American Academy of Pediatrics wanted to offer guidance to parents and pediatricians on this topic so it investigated the scientific evidence that currently exists about organic produce. What the organization decided was that it was undecided.

On the one hand, there are some significant reasons to go organic:

  • lower pesticide levels in organically raised plants, which may have a significant impact on children’s brain development
  • less likelihood of contamination with drug-resistant bacteria in organically raised animals because organic farmers are prohibited from using non-therapeutic antibiotics

However, organic foods were determined to have the same vitamins, minerals, nutrients, etc. as non-organically raised foods, and it was also determined that there were no large-scale human studies that concluded that long-term consumption of organic foods improved kids’ health or lowered the risk of disease.

The Academy did recommend that parents use  shopper’s guides provided by Consumer Reports and the Environmental Working Group.

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~ by chasm63 on October 23, 2012.

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