Child Care & Development : Organic vs. Regular Baby Food

Uploaded by eHow on 27.12.2008

Hi, I'm Dr. David Hill, and today we're going to talk about, whether you should be using
organic, or regular baby food to feed your baby. Now, I have to say, I use to be a skeptic
on this, I didn't really think there was a difference for the baby, but, there was a
study by the EPA in 2005 that changed my mind. They we're able to find traces of pesticides
usually organophosphate pesticides, in babies urine, who we're eating traditional baby foods.
When those babies switched to organic baby foods, those traces of pesticides disappeared.
So I got to think, sometimes if you can do the organic, it might be the right thing to
do. Why is that? Well doctors and parents are growing increasingly concerned about infants
exposure to some of the chemicals we use in commercial farming. Particularly in organophosphate
pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones. Infants, because they're developing rapidly, are more
susceptible than adults, and even older children to the damage these chemicals can do. Also,
when you make baby food, you take large quantities of fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, poultry,
whatever, and often concentrate them, and that allows the chemicals to concentrate as
well. Now, you don't necessarily have to get all of your baby food organic, there are some
things that are a little more likely to carry contaminants than others. So if you're going
to prioritize, I would look a things like, dairy, meat, eggs, think about, apples, strawberries,
raspberries, celery, these are all things that are more likely to carry some of the
contaminants that we reviewed, and if you go on the web, you can find other more comprehensive
list. Now there are some things that are a lot less likely to be contaminated, amongst
some of them are favorite things, bananas, avocados, asparagus, some of the tropical
fruits, like mangoes, and papaya, and pineapple. These are fruits that are not as likely to
be grown with pesticides or other chemicals, and in general, you can feel pretty good about
buying commercial, non organic baby foods, if this is what you're buying. To summarize,
organic baby foods present a much lower risk of toxins, such as organophosphate pesticides,
antibiotics, or hormones to babies. Babies may be susceptible to damage for those chemicals,
so, when you can find a good alternative to commercial baby foods, try and use that. Talking
about, organic verses traditional commercial baby foods, I am Dr. David Hill.