There are lots of good reasons to choose organic food, especially when having a child. Organic foods mean less risk of exposure to:
- Synthetic pesticides
- Genetically modified plants or animals
- Growth Hormones
That makes for food that is better for you and your child, as well as for those who produce your food and the environment.
But there's more. Another very important reason why organic food is a good choice is - research shows that plant-based organic food is more nutrient rich, on average 25% more.
Important research has been done by the Organic Center, whose mission is to generate credible scientific information and communicate the benefits of organic farming and products to society.
Dr. Andrew Weil, specialist in integrative medicine and board member for the Organic Center, said this in the forward of that research.
"For years I have urged people to include several servings of fresh organic fruits and vegetables in their daily diets, and to choose produce that covers all parts of the color spectrum.
The medical evidence linking fruits and vegetables to good health is overwhelming. And now, so too is the new evidence that organic fruits and vegetables deliver more nutrients per average
serving, including the all-important protective phytonutrients like polyphenols and antioxidant pigments.
Getting in the habit of choosing organic food whenever you can will ensure that you and your family get the nutritional benefits nature provides. It is the cornerstone on which to structure
a lifestyle that will promote and maintain health lifelong."
New Evidence Confirms the Nutritional Superiorirty of Plant-based Organic Foods
March 18, 2008
"A comprehensive review of 97 published studies comparing the nutritional quality of organic and conventional foods shows that organic plant-based foods (fruits,
vegetables, grains) contain higher levels of eight of 11 nutrients studied, including significantly greater concentrations of the health-promoting
polyphenols and antioxidants."
The full report is available on the Organic Center website at http://www.organic-center.org/science.nutri.php?action=view&report_id=126
See http://www.organic-center.org/ to learn about the latest organic research.