The joys and Tribulations of Childcare

A collection of articles written by mothers about their own experiences of raising children.

Children and organic food

Children are the most important thing in a parent's life. They must protect and care for them the best way that they know possible. One way to protect your children is by feeding them with healthy and nutritious foods. This will give their bodies the vitamins and minerals that they need to grow into fully functioning adults, who will be in charge of our world in the near future. One good way to prectically guarantee your children are getting all the nutrients that they need is giving them organic foods over processed ones.

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What is organic food?

Growing food organically means that harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers are not used on the crops. Organic foods are also free of chemical or food additives and often must adhere to strict guidelines to be considered organic. Organic fruits and vegetables are grown free of chemicals. Organic meats are defined a little differently. The livestock that is used to produce organic meat is fed by natural means such as grass or grazing in a pasture. The livestock are not fed things containing growth hormones or antibiotics, which is the main difference between organic meat and regularly processed meats.

Why should this matter to children?

When it comes to children, their growing little bodies can be affected much more by food additives, dyes and other growth hormones used in non-organic produce and meats. Many children are unable to handle such chemical additives. Dyes and chemicals can not only affect a child's health but also their behavior. Many times changing a child to an organic food diet free of pesticides, growth hormones and chemicals will make a drastic difference in their behavior. A diet change is often as successful as medicating a child for behavior problems. Because parents would often prefer to change their child's diet than pump them full of medication, organic diets are being given to children all around the world. This has proved to be successful for many allergy, health and behavior problems.

What is wrong with processed foods?

Processed foods are often stripped of healthy minerals to make them easier to manage in a factory setting. By stripping away many of the good nutrients, the shelf life of the products is much greater. Along with the increase of stability of these foods, there also is a decrease in nutrients. For example, bread is stripped of most nutrients and then four o five of them, like folic acid and iron, are re-introduced into the product later in the process. This is not healthy for anyone because the good parts of the foods are replaced by chemicals and other things that are not even food.

So should you only feed your children organic food?

There is a good argument in favour of doing so. Certainly, processed foods should be avoided during a child's early life. Many common additives and preservatives have been linked to severe behavioural issues in children, and the long term effects of many of the hormones that are pumped into livestock are still to be learned. Yes, organic food is more expensive overall but do we really want to feed our children on growth hormones that are routinely injected into cattle and chickens, foodstuffs packed with preservatives like salt or sodium nitrite, or multiple chemicals with E numbers? Fresh, organic meat, fruit and vegetables should contain none of these.

IMPORTANT!

Please be aware that the articles on this site are written by mothers who are discussing their own experiences and their own opinions. They do not, and are not meant to, represent professional advice and should be read with that point firmly in mind.

Our children’s welfare is paramount; if you are ever in the slightest doubt about any aspect of caring for a child you are urged to seek qualified, specialist advice from a professional advisor.



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