Organic Vs. Non Organic

Tina - posted on 08/03/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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I am pregnant right now, and have been doing some research. I want to be the best Mom to my baby I can be. In my research I have been reading about how Organic formula's and foods are best. They say that it can help reduce the risk of Autism and obesity as well as cancer. As a Mom who has experienced cancer, and weight struggles. If I could help my child avoid these issues I want to. I am just wondering if any parents have been using Organics, and their opinions. Or any opinion at all really. I'm trying to decide if the price of the Organic really pays off in the health long run. I am willing to purchase the products, if it will actually help my baby in the long run.

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Etta - posted on 08/05/2009

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Look into breastfeeding. Its the best food and has everything your baby needs. And it costs a lot less than any formula (you make it for free!). All you need to do is eat a health diet and drink lots of water.
There's lot of info on these sites:
www.kellymom.com
www.drjacknewman.com
www.LLLI.org

Yvonne - posted on 08/05/2009

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organic is best. you should read this book....great information. "The Complete Organic Pregnancy" ~and breast feeding is wonderful.

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Kandy - posted on 05/22/2011

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We use an organic formula for our 13 month old son and will do the same with the baby we are expecting here shortly. Our son is one of the children that have the artificial DHA and ARA allergy (which is uncommon but not unheard of). We found only one formula in the entire USA that did not have the artificial combined proteins but the proteins that our bodies naturally breaks down into DHA and ARA. So we swear by this formula and it is not more expensive then anything you would buy in the store.
I grew up on a pretty extensive farm and the biggest difference between "Organic" and "Not Organic" are the seeds. Organic fruits and vegetable are grown from heirloom seeds. These seeds/plants have not been genetically altered in any way. Were as non-organics have had genes isolated and removed thus receiving items such as seedless watermelon. Some other differences include having the outer part of the fruit/vegetable excreting less aroma thus attracting less bugs.
There has been no definite link that the "non-organic" is less healthy then the "organic" foods. These foods undergo extensive research before they are plopped into markets. For the most part aside form seeds in your watermelon or corn growing year round there is not "that" big of a difference between organics and non organics when it comes to fruits and veggies.
When it comes to meats that is another story. The meats that you consume may come from animals that are given growth hormones and what not. That i am not too familiar with so I can not say much on that subject. The basic thing is do your research and form an opinion on it for yourself. Getting tid bits of information from so many people can make the decision harder. When you read the info and process it through your own thoughts you are more likely to form a better and sound opinion.

Simone - posted on 05/18/2011

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With my first child I was not too conscious about organic versus non-organic, but now I am pregnant with number three and this is super important to me. We have our own vegetable garden and my husband started to look into the organic food. So I was not exposed to a great amount of pesticide and have become super sensitive towards them. I actually get a terrible rash on my arms and face, if I eat a salad at a restaurant, which was not organic. I have a book called the complete guide to an organic pregnancy and its great. There are list of fruits and veggies that you should buy organic and others which are not too heavy on pesticides. For example celery, strawberries and apples are heavily treated. A recent article in the east valley tribune even suggested that babies, who are exposed too little or no pesticides during pregnancy have 7 more IQ points than those that are exposed to many pesticides.

Etta - posted on 08/12/2009

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Most women can breastfeed their baby. I'm sorry Alishia, that you weren't able to breastfeed very long. It's worth looking into and it's important to build a support network. You can visit a La Leche League meeting before the baby comes to talk to nursing mothers and find out more about breastfeeding. Also, it can be useful to see a lactation consultant after the baby comes. Breastfeeding is a learning curve for both mother and baby. There are many doctors who would rather discourage people from nursing rather than help them learn how to do it properly. Both of my babies were slow to gain weight and I was told to supplement my oldest. That was not the best advice. My lactation consultant was great and helped me avoid formula with my second baby.
Tina, you might find a lactation consultant either through your hospital or at www.ILCA.org
Doctors who discourage breastfeeding is just a pet peeve because of my experiences. I'm really not militant about breastfeeding. This is just my suggestion; the choice is yours.

Alishia - posted on 08/12/2009

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but not everyones breast milk stays for w hile mine completley dried out after 2weeks

Mel - posted on 08/05/2009

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buyin organic veg from a supermarket is a waste of money. it goes off alot quicker than normal veg and home grown veg. i tested it myself i bought a cheap brocolli, a regual broccoli a organic one and i got a home grown one out of a garden. i tasted no difference in any except the home grown was a bit tastier. but the organic did go off faster.

there is no medical evidence to suggest organic is best but there is alot of reports emerging stating organic has no added health benifits

as for baby food jars,, although conveniant its better to just mash up your own food as you then no how much salt you add

as for organic meat n eggs its better to buy simple free range as sometimes organic doesnt mean free range

Alishia - posted on 08/05/2009

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well everyones entiteld to their own opinion an i think its the same! just because i feed my baby non organic doesnt mean shes not as healthy as someone eating organic...

Mari - posted on 08/04/2009

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I plan on going organic where I feel its most important. I love the site Vitacost.com they have awesome products for the whole family including baby. I even came upon some natural vitamin D drops that go on babys pacifier or nipple which is essential to keep them healthy in the upcoming flu months. They offer all great products for baby too like Burts Bees etc. I know buying organic can be more expensive so it will be what I see worth and most effective when it comes to making the decision. CONGRATS!

Shannon - posted on 08/04/2009

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There are some types of food that are beneficial to buy organic and others that are not really beneficial. I would definitely look into that and spend the money where it matters most.

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I think it's important to decide why you want to go organic. I have chosen organic for my family not only for the chemical implications, but b/c organic meats and dairy products have a different standard in raising the animals. It is also important to know that not all foods that say "natural" or "organic" meet the same standards. Studies have shown that the treatment of animals also impacts the health and nutrition of that product. Hope that helps, good luck!

Ashley - posted on 08/03/2009

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i wont buy anything organic. i agree with Alishia. i think it's companies scamming more money. it's rediculous what they charge and i refuse to pay that. i wont even use formula with omega 3 and 6 in it. i've heard too many bad things about it. it says on the can easier to digest, well i know quite a few babies that were on it and not one of them could digest it properly. the minute they were switched to the normal formula they all were fine. anyways i dont beleive in it but that's just my opinion, others feel different and thats fine too!...

Angela - posted on 08/03/2009

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"Posted by Kirsten Glinke (9:41 am)

I would say that organic vegetables aren't really any different from regular ones. The only difference is that they are not sprayed with certain chemicals but like another poster said you can just wash them really well and most of that will come off. Milk and meat are definitely what you want to look out for. Most modern dairy farms keep the cows inside for much of the day and only feed them grains. Because of the close proximity of the cows and the fact that they are supposed to eat grass, not grain the cows tend to get sick very often. So almost all dairy cows are getting regular shots of antibiotics which can go into the milk and the meat. They are also given hormones to help them produce more which also goes through to the milk. Some scientists speculate that these hormones are causing all types of health problems including fertility issues. But in the end I think the most important thing as far as food goes is to stay away from preservatives as much as possible. Those are the things that are being linked to autism and obesity the most. If you shop the edges of the grocery store, stay away from any prepackaged meals and mostly cook your own food fresh than that's the best thing you can do for your family."



Kristen - FYI - Grains are part of the grass family. If a cow eats grass that has a seed then they are eating grain. Cows will honestly eat about anything. If you fed them a bail of cattails they would eat it.

Kylie - posted on 08/03/2009

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thats fine :) I'm married to a horticulturalist who has done plenty of study into chemical and biological control of pests and disease and we believe in permaculture and grow a lot of our food organically so I'm a little bias.

Alishia - posted on 08/03/2009

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well i digagree i think thats its no better an that its just companys scamming more money out of everyone but thats my opinion to it

Kylie - posted on 08/03/2009

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I saw that "report" on a current affair too Alishia, never believe anything that show broadcasts take it as just an entertainment program. the reporters are bias and blatantly make up, cut and edit any information they need to make a 4 minuet story. Watch abc's media watch it often exposes the truth behind those ridiculous current affair shows.
Saying that, of course regular veggies from the supermarkets are a better option than no veggies and organic eggs, chicken and milk are by far a better choice if you can afford it.

Alishia - posted on 08/03/2009

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organic food is just as bad as everyday food it was on the news a couple of days ago

Danielle - posted on 08/03/2009

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I would tell you that my husband works with and sells chemicals and fertilizers for various growers here in Florida - they deal with organic and regular farms, and to be honest generally there's not a great deal of difference in the crops. On the average though the safer crops are those that have been treated with standard chemicals. There are "organic chemicals" and such that they use on organic crops, but they don't kill disease and pest like the other options do. By the time that you get the produce there isn't any chemicals left on them, washing them is still good practice. In reality most organics still use some level of chemicals and they are just a hike in price to capitalize on the health scare in America and other places.

Annette - posted on 08/03/2009

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I personally make my own baby food with organic fruits and veggies. I think anything that chemicals were used on are bad for babies to some degree.

Esther - posted on 08/03/2009

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You should try to breastfeed your baby. It will benefit baby so much. As far as fruits and veggies when baby starts eating- if the skin is going to stay on, then buy organic! Bananas, ect dont need to be.

Jocelyn - posted on 08/03/2009

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I agree with Kirsten. You can wash your fruits and veggies, but you can't take the steroids out of your meat.
I would love to buy organic, but with money being so tight for us right now, it's just not possible (all though i still get organic carrots). I do try and get meat from places like the health food stores, or the farmers markets. It is more expensive (not by a lot) but you won't be getting growth hormones, antibiotics, and they (most likely) won't have been fed other animal by-products. I also get my eggs from a local farm (the hens are also not fed/injected with all that crap).

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I would say that organic vegetables aren't really any different from regular ones. The only difference is that they are not sprayed with certain chemicals but like another poster said you can just wash them really well and most of that will come off. Milk and meat are definitely what you want to look out for. Most modern dairy farms keep the cows inside for much of the day and only feed them grains. Because of the close proximity of the cows and the fact that they are supposed to eat grass, not grain the cows tend to get sick very often. So almost all dairy cows are getting regular shots of antibiotics which can go into the milk and the meat. They are also given hormones to help them produce more which also goes through to the milk. Some scientists speculate that these hormones are causing all types of health problems including fertility issues. But in the end I think the most important thing as far as food goes is to stay away from preservatives as much as possible. Those are the things that are being linked to autism and obesity the most. If you shop the edges of the grocery store, stay away from any prepackaged meals and mostly cook your own food fresh than that's the best thing you can do for your family.

Jen - posted on 08/03/2009

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As with Lisa, I too have heard that the most important organic food is milk. I try to give Avery everything I can organic, but if there's something out there interesting, and it doesn't come organic, she gets it anyway!!! I figure, I'll try and give her what I can organic and it'll be that much less pesticides that she gets than if I did nothing.

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Ive heard that more than organic foods, is organic milk. Since they drink milk SO MUCH in the first couple years that if you are going to go organic, then to start with milk. Plus the first year, their large majority of their nutrition comes from milk, so like Lucy said, you can't get any more natural than your breastmilk. If you are planning on supplementing right from the start, then go organic also. -- My daughter gets organic milk. I am hearing more and more cows being shot up with hormones and pesticides. I am hoping that by not receiving these hormones as much as normal girls, that we can put her period off a little while longer. (Used to work in a OB/Gyn. office and it's scary that these girls are getting their periods at 8 and 9 years old - NO THANKS) We are not doing organic meats, but she gets so little of it at this point, that it wasn't as big of a concern for us. Plus every article I have read says to go with milk first when making the organic switch! GOOD LUCK!!!

Christy - posted on 08/03/2009

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I think it's still up for debate, but I did use a few organic choices for my baby. I really loved the Earth's Best brand baby foods and snacks. I don't know about formula, as I am breastfeeding, but now that he's one he does get Organic Whole milk with his meals. I've heard that since there's a higher fat content in whole milk there is more possibility of a chemical build up in the fat. It's not as big a deal for adults, but little ones are more sensitive and affected by that. Hope this helps.

Angela - posted on 08/03/2009

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There is no agricultural research that states that Organics have any greater nutritional value. I wouldn't waste my money. If you are really worried about chemicals then I would wash the food better. Organics are just gimics. There are very few chemicals that are put on crops that I would be scared to come in contact with when correctly applied. (I come from an agricultural family) The only meat I would be worried about ever is hamburger. You need to either get that from someone who grows their own cattle, then I would cook the heck out of that stuff.

Kylie - posted on 08/03/2009

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breastfeeding will help your baby in the long run it's natural and the perfect food for your baby :) as for organic.. with some veggies like broccoli and lettuce it's best to buy organic as a broccoli will have been sprayed with pesticide about 18 times before it is picked. Other food like bananas and apples you can wash really well there is no chemical residue. try growing your own too a single pumpkin seed in some good quality potting mix fed with organic fertilizer can produce a years worth of organic pumpkins in from one season of growing.

Lucy - posted on 08/03/2009

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Instead of using formula organic or not can you breastfeed? You can't getmore organic or natural that that!

Arlene - posted on 08/03/2009

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i like to buy organic food where possible for us all, it can cost more but i find a difference in taste and texture, chicken breasts in a packet for example, the meat is not dark red or watery, it feels plump, the taste i feel is fluffy not stringy or tough. carrots are easier to grate n tastier, organic full fat milk, i really just started drinking milk again when pregnant as i thought i didnt like milk (well semi skimmed) but i find the full fat one the way i remember as a kid who lived in a rural community that had farms. i cook all my own food for Ava Grace and i try to use all organic products as i believe there is a difference in quality and taste but my partner says he tastes no differece at all and thinks its a lot of nonsense the whole organic thing. but as far as benefits for our kids, i dont know, i guess only time will tell.

Katarina - posted on 08/03/2009

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I'm not using organic products but I have heard that with adults it doesn't mater which way they go. Where I live using pesticides on any food is against the law. In the long run I personally feel it doesn't make much of a difference to their health. Just eating healthy full rounded meals, with no junk is the healthiest option for you baby. I've also heard that babies who are too sheltered from certain things can possibly make them prone to more colds and other pesky bugs. Congratulations

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