We’ve all heard the argument. Someone decides to weigh out the benefits of eating organic vs non-organic for their family meals, and they don’t get past the price comparison. “No way am I going to pay those kinds of prices to feed my family,” they say, and then move on with their non-organic lives, feeling satisfied that they have sufficiently researched the issue. But wait a minute! There is much more to consider when contemplating whether or not to go primarily organic in your household.
I like to keep a list of reasons to eat organic on my refrigerator to remind me of why it is so important for my kids to be eating this way, even when my budget is stretched. Here are some key points from the list:
1) Although we are all exposed to toxic chemicals on some level, children who eat a primarily organic diet ingest much lower levels of insecticides into their bodies through the foods they eat, and are at much lower risk of being exposed to toxic pesticides. Many studies indicate that long-term exposure to these chemicals may be a contributing cause of various forms of cancer and hormonal problems, so fewer toxins in my kid’s bodies means lower risk of these diseases.
2) Eating organic meat and dairy products helps to ensure that my kids aren’t exposed to synthetic growth hormones that are found in conventionally raised cows. These chemicals can disrupt healthy function of the human endocrine system, so organic milk and grass-fed beef is the best option.
3) Ingesting non-organic meat and dairy products also exposes children to high doses of antibiotics that are given to cows on a daily basis. This increases the risk of my kids contracting antibiotic resistant germs and infections that cannot be treated by conventional strength antibiotics. The culprit? All of those antibiotic-laden cows!
4) Non-organic fresh fruits such as apples, peaches, cherries, and grapes look so attractive, but they have been sprayed with large doses of pesticides. Keeping my household fruit and vegetable options organic assures me that my kids are eating truly healthy snacks.
4) Finally, buying organic foods draws my kids into the arena of making wise choices. They learn to become label readers, aren’t fooled by inflated advertising campaigns peddling “vitamin enriched” products, and they learn to crave real, delicious, fresh foods and produce.
From my perspective, these few reasons alone more than offset the extra cost of buying organic products. For the health of your children and mine, organic products clearly are the best option. Consider making the switch today!