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Going Organic?

As people are becoming more aware of the ingredients in their everyday soaps, skin care, and food, all things organic are coming into demand. Baby items especially are getting in on the organic trend. We associate “organic” with “healthier” but is it worth buying? We take a further look to allow families to have a better understanding and find out if it is something for you.

What is “Organic”?

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that organic means farmers have only used renewable resources and methods that protect the soil and conserve water. No chemicals are used and fertilizers must be natural, without any synthetic ingredients. Any animal products that are said to be organic means the animals were fed only organic feed and not given any antibiotics or growth hormones. It also prohibits bioengineering or any radioactivity in the production process. The organic regulations are quite strict and everything must be followed before it can be labeled as such. Organic foods will always say so on their label. It is against the law to label things organic if they have not been dubbed such by a USDA-approved agent. The process is similar in Canada in line with the Canadian Organic Standards.

Is Organic Really More Expensive?

Many people are put off from buying organic because of the price tag that comes with it. It is usually meat dairy and eggs that have the more noticeable difference in price. The rules and regulations that are in place to be deemed organic means extra time and labor. Keeping livestock and animal products is even more difficult. Organic feed can be expensive, and you also require a lot of room to let the animals roam comfortably.

Is Organic Better for my Family’s Health?

Whether or not organically is better for our health is still up for debate. The USDA say that the use of antibiotics and growth hormones in animals is safe, but to avoid these, many parents still choose organic dairy, eggs, and meat. The pesticides used on crops is of greater concern. There are actually many scientists that say that the consumption of pesticides found on produce isn’t a health concern. Others, however, insist that pesticides should not be consumed and the less we ingest, the better. This is especially true for children. What constitutes as a small amount of pesticides for adults is a bigger amount for a child. Kids also tend to eat more fruit than adults as well. Even organic produce can still have pesticides though, just a natural kind. Research has shown though that organic produce can still have pesticide residue left on it, but it’s a lot less than its regular production counterpart. To be on the safe side, parents often go for organic fruits and vegetables. It is just important to be able to get your kids to eat more fruit and veggies!

Does organic food hold more nutritional value?

A recent study has shown that organic fruit and vegetables have more phytochemicals. These are naturally found in the produce and have a positive impact on our health if consumed as it helps fight off bacteria, viruses, and fungi. However, if there is a plant that had to fight off bugs, it can produce more toxins instead. Other than that, there is no difference to the actual nutritional value of the produce.

It is important to realize that organic doesn’t mean “healthy,” so organic cookies are still going to be loaded with as much sugar as regular ones! It just means that the ingredients used are organic.

What about organic skin care for my baby?

Organic skin care means that it is made from plant-derived ingredients. If a product is labeled as organic, that means that it contains at least 95% of organic ingredients. This means less synthetic ingredients. When it comes to the skin are there are any products that have horrible additives that have been known to cause health problems with copious amounts. Of course, a little dab of lotion or use of that shampoo won’t hurt, but think about how often it is used. It adds up. Organic skin care means you can feel safe using them, and you can have the reassurance that the ingredients are farmed in an ethical way.

Your baby’s skin is extremely delicate. Opting for an organic choice can be a safer move instead of using a shampoo or lotion that has a myriad of synthetic ingredients. Organic baby skin care often only has the best natural ingredients that are known to be okay for sensitive skin.

Some parents have their brands that they prefer and swear by them – and that’s okay too! You should always do what you think is best for your family. However, if you’re looking to switch skin care products or just want to try something new, have a look for the organic kind. You may find it an absolute treat for your baby’s skin!

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