Benefits of organic food (Conclusion)

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013


ORGANIC products give parents a healthy choice when it comes to their baby's nutrition. As quoted from Professor Vyvyan Howard, a medical toxico-pathologist from the United Kingdom: "One of the most effective ways to reduce exposure to toxic substances is to eat organic food. It could be the single most useful thing a mother can do to give her baby a good start in life."

With neuro-behavioral disorders such as autism and ADHD on the rise, it is becoming increasingly important to protect children from exposure to harmful substances that could affect their development and pose life-threatening risks to their health.

There are many benefits of choosing organic foods and products. These include higher levels of antioxidants than conventional foods as well as less or absence of harmful chemicals and preservatives.

An especially important aspect of organic produce is that it contains fewer pesticides or NO Pesticides at all. This is important especially for children since babies and toddlers eat more food and drink more water pound for pound of body weight and they have a less developed immune system when compared to adults.

Organic products have become a popular choice in the last few years. Making an active commitment to choose healthy alternatives when it comes to eating and nutrition is a great way to commit to a healthier life.

This is especially true for babies and toddlers because food quality can greatly affect their healthy growth, development and eating habits throughout their lives.

Beyond just choosing healthier food like milk, fruits and vegetables, there is also the question on the safety of the food and the nutritional value.

How food is grown and cultivated can impact a family's health as well as their environment. Consciousness of the impact that food and drink can have on a person's health has increased in the past few years and this has brought organic food to the forefront of healthy choices for both parents and kids alike.

Organic food is also a better choice for the environment as well. Organic farming practices reduce pollution in the air, water, and soil. It also helps conserve water, reduce soil erosion, and uses less energy.

"Organic products are the best from nature, and the best for nature," Dr. Bruengel shared. "These products take into consideration not just production but environmental sustainability as well."

However, not all products that claim to be organic truly meet strict organic regulations. To be organic, crops must be grown in safe soil that is free from pesticides and other harmful chemicals. The term organic also refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed.

There are specific requirements that must be met in order to be able to label a product as organic. With such strict guidelines on organic production, it’s important to check if the products you are buying are truly organic. Look for a certified organic seal on the product issued by the Organic Certification Center of the Philippines (OCCP).

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 29, 2013.

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