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Why Organic Foods Matter to Kids

By Fredrica Syren:

It’s a sad fact that we all are exposed to chemicals even before we’re born and as we grow up. Children are at most risk since, by nature, they are more sensitive. Because their nervous system and brain develop so much before the age of 25, they are more vulnerable when exposed to chemicals, toxins and pesticides. Children cannot metabolize chemicals until the age of 7, when the liver starts to mature. This is why it’s so important for children to eat organic foods.

Another sad fact is that cancer is on the rise in children. One reason is how many harmful chemicals kids nowadays are exposed

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to. Feeding organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish and meats to children is great way to limit their exposure and also add nutrition not found in traditional foods. For example, studies show thatorganic tomatoes contain more vitamin C and antioxidants, which have proven to help fight diseases and strengthen the immune system. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics states that feeding children organic fruits and vegetables cuts down on the amount of potentially harmful chemicals, and also may help prevent immunity to antibiotics.

Furthermore, a study done at Harvard showed there is a link between ADHD and pesticides. The study concluded that there was a 35% increase in ADHD with exposure to pesticides, and that switching to organic produce for five days dramatically reduced the levels of pesticide residue in children who usually consume conventional produce.

The reason to feed children organic meat and dairy is to reduce the exposure to hormones. Children nowadays are reaching puberty earlier than ever before, which has health experts and parents alarmed. A study published in Pediatrics in 2011 found that in the United States, 15% of all girls begin puberty by age 7.There have been many explanations for this, but none has been discussed more than the environmental one. Non-organic meat and dairy contain lots of hormones and other estrogen-mimicking chemicals that are injected into livestock to make them grow faster. Currently, the U.S. FDA allows six different kinds of hormones in food production.

1. Estradiol – natural female sex hormone

2. Progesterone – natural female sex hormone

3. Testosterone – natural male sex hormone

4. Zeranol – synthetic growth promoter

5. Trenbolone acetate – synthetic growth promoter

6. Melengestrol acetate – synthetic growth promoter

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Also, non-organic livestock are being fed low dose antibiotics regularly to compensate for the unsanitary living conditions that make them sick. Unfortunately, when someone consumes this meat, they will also receive doses of antibiotic, which develops antibiotic resistant bacteria.

I know that so many people just simply cannot afford to buy everything organic, and I totally understand that. These days, there are farmers markets in most cities and most of them will sell organic produce, fish, meat, eggs and nuts at a lower price than the stores do. Below are also a few links to tips on how to eat organic on a budget.





About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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