Posted: Oct 24, 2012 8:44 AM
America's largest group of pediatricians says that organic foods do not provide any nutritional benefits that a conventionally grown food can offer. That's right, buying organic is healthier. The American Academy of Pediatrics released the report this month.
"What's most important is that children eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products, whether those are conventional or organic foods. This type of diet has proven health benefits," said Janet Silverstein, MD, FAAP, a member of the AAP Committee on Nutrition and one of the lead authors of the report. "Many families have a limited food budget, and we do not want families to choose to consume smaller amounts of more expensive organic foods and thus reduce their overall intake of healthy foods like produce."
However, they did say that organic produce contains fewer pesticide residues and less livestock contamination. The only real benefit to buying organic is knowing you won't be feeding your family chemicals. This isn't saying there are major chemical problems with conventionally grown vegetables and fruits.
When it comes to milk, the AAP advises to buy milk that has been pasteurized. "Meat from organic farms that do not use antibiotics for nontherapeutic uses has the potential to reduce antibiotic resistance in bacteria that infect people."
Basically, the idea is that organic food only keep your family from ingesting pesticides and are not healthier than conventionally grown food.
Is this enough to keep you buying organic or encourage you to start buying organic? How do you wash your conventionally grown fruits and vegetables?