The use of pesticides on crops and growth hormones and antibiotics in livestock has been proven to compromise babies’ health which is the reason why organic baby food sales have skyrocketed. Babies’ bodies do not have developed immune systems and their brain development is very susceptible to outside influences such as diet. When toxic materials such as pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables or the presence of growth hormones in milk are introduced, all developing systems of babies are compromised.
Pesticide Federal Standards Cold Comfort
The late 1990’s brought a growth to the organic industry as well as new federal regulations about the use of pesticides and even the banning of others. This is cold comfort to parents who have already raised their babies on regular jarred or prepared baby foods. Many companies have complied with federal standards but admit there are still low levels of metals and pesticides in their baby foods. There is no foolproof way to eradicate the presence of these toxins unless you go totally organic with organic baby food.
Health Gains For Babies
Babies totally raised on organic baby food will realize a healthier immune system and their brain development including hormones and the central nervous system will greatly benefit as well. The exposure to toxins in food can cause allergies, mental impairment, behavior issues and more. In fact, expectant moms are strongly encouraged to adopt an organic eating plan as these toxins consumed in their own diets could cross the umbilical cord to the fetus.
While organic baby food can be found in many retail grocery store chains, you will always find a better selection in your local health food or whole foods markets. Be sure to comparison shop in several of your local markets as prices can vary widely with organic products. Sign up for email grocery store alerts so you know when your favorite products are on sale. Organic baby food will be a little more expensive but the health of your baby is well worth the price.
Of course, you have other options in regards to organic baby food – you can make your own! A number of organic baby food recipes can be found with simple searches on the internet or even in cookbooks. Adapt any baby food recipe by using all organic products instead of traditional ones that might contain the toxins like antibiotics, pesticides or even food additives. For the most part, organic baby food is made by grinding up organic fruits, vegetables and other foods in a blender until it is a consistency babies can tolerate and digest – a puree for babies just starting solid foods and slightly lumpy or chunky for toddlers who have developing teeth.