Should Your Little One Consume Organic Food?
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Now, in supermarkets, there is an increase of rampant variety of organic food products. This is because our society is concerned about the dangers of pesticides that may be contained in food. Not a few Daddies and Mommies who consider organic food is more nutritious when compared with non-organic food.
Organic foods are food ingredients which have planting, maintaining, and preparing process with no use of chemicals such as pesticides, chemical fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, dyes, preservatives, as well as other synthetic materials. Organic food also does not use radiation or genetic manipulation.
Pesticides are often associated with the growth of the Little One. This is because the Little One eats more vegetables and fruits by 60 percent than adults. Well, because the immune system of the Little One is not perfect then he/she is vulnerable to the risk of exposure to pesticides.
Research by experts also shows that the content of pesticides in the diet can interfere with the development of thinking ability, memory, and ability to solve problems Small. In addition, pesticides can disrupt the immune system, cause aggressive behavior, and increase the risk of cancer in the Little One.
Eating non-organic animal meat can also have a negative impact on the growth and development of the Little One. Non-organic animals are given growth hormone, and if the meat is consumed by the Little One, it can affect the growth as well as the reproduction system.
Looking at the explanation above, it looks like that organic food is more "natural" than non-organic food. But does that mean organic food is more nutritious and healthier for the Little One? Read the advantages and disadvantages of organic foods below:
The advantages of Organic Food
The advantages of organic foods clearly lie in the absence of harmful chemical substances such as chemical pesticides, antibiotics, or growth hormones. Moreover, organic foods are claimed to contain no additives such as preservatives, artificial sweeteners, flavorings, dyes or perisa. In fact, some argue that organic food tastes better.
According to a data analysis of 200 studies on organic foods published in the British Journal of Nutrition, it is concluded that the way of planting and processing of organic foods can increase the content of certain nutrients, such as omega-3.
The disadvantages of Organic Food
Although useful, eating organic food also has consequences, such as the higher organic food prices than non-organic food ingredients because of the process of planting and processing is done using a special method. In addition, organic food is more easily damaged because it does not contain preservatives.
Nutrition is an important key to the growth and development process of the Little One. There is a need for further research concerning nutrition on organic food. But, there is nothing wrong if Mommy wants to always give the best for the Little One. Make sure that the food provided for him/her is clean and contains all the nutrients the Little One needs, including vitamins and minerals such as choline, DHA, calcium, vitamin D, probiotics and prebiotics for an optimal growth and development of your Little One.