Organic baby food

The benefits of using organic baby food for weaning your baby
With the explosion of organic living in the last few years, there is now, as with most foods, a wide range of organic baby food available.

Organic food is produced with an emphasis on natural produce, foods that are grown avoiding the use of pesticides and additives, with specific values placed on animal welfare and sustainability.

The interest in organic and 'green' living has risen sharply in the last few years, with sales of organic food rising by 30% between 2005 and 2006. The organic movement has also not gone unnoticed by baby food industries and producers, with several different variations and products now available; in fact, it is estimated that roughly half of all baby food sold in the UK is now organic. Several different products and brands of organic baby food can be found in most major supermarkets, or can be bought specifically online providing a wider choice for consumers.

At face value organic baby food has an emotional appeal of purity, suggesting that by using it you can give your children the best start in life; however the benefits of organic food are wide ranging, and all stem from the overall quality of the produce. Generally organic food is higher in nutritional value, for example in 2001 research found that organic crops held higher levels of vitamin C, magnesium and phosphorus.

The lack of chemicals and pesticides pumped into organic food also mean they are free from potentially dangerous toxins. With baby's being at a higher risk of vulnerability from the effects of these toxins, due to their developing organs and low resistance levels in comparison to adults, organic baby food has proven a popular choice for many parents.

The disadvantages of using organic baby food are sparse, though are still apparent. Mainly this is based on the increased cost of organic food, with is higher than other produce. Because of the slow, labour intensive nature of the growth of organic food, the cost needs to reflect it.

Generally organic food can be up to 63% more expensive, which can seem a lot for produce you can get hold of sometimes less readily then others. Although the cost reflects the nature and production of organic food, it is still expensive, with the marketing of 'you get what you pay for'. While generally organic food is deemed 'better' you and your child, the cost understandably puts many parents off, with millions choosing non-organic foods for their children.

Organic baby food is clearly a growing market, a market which many parents are buying into with the hope of providing their babies with healthy, toxin free, high quality food. While baby's immune systems and resistant levels to the problems caused by toxins released into the bloodstream are extremely low, and in early years still developing, organic food is chosen for it's high quality, low toxin produce, something general baby food falls down at.
Author : Elizabeth Stansfield

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