Let’s face it: motherhood is hard. Period. You’re constantly bombarded with advertisements and opinions telling you that every choice you’re making is wrong. Thankfully, today, there are more organic products available than ever before. But which organic foods should you be feeding your baby?
When it comes to the following five foods, it’s much better to go organic.
Jarred Baby Food
Recent studies have shown jarred baby food to contain high levels of pesticides and organophosphates, both of which are dangerous for anyone to ingest, particularly babies. By looking for jarred baby food that is marked organic, you’ll avoid these dangerous chemicals.
Whether you’re making your own baby food or introducing your baby to a new texture, only purchase leafy greens like lettuce, kale, and spinach from the organic section in your grocery store. Like jarred baby foods, leafy greens tend to be high in organophosphates, which are known to upset hormone levels and result in lower IQs in children.
Any hormones or antibiotics a cow ingests can be passed on through their milk, meaning any product your baby consumes with milk in it is at risk. Purchase only organic milk, and consider organic when purchasing any other dairy product, like yogurt or cheese.
Known to attract bugs and spoil quickly, imported grapes tend to be sprayed with several different pesticides—up to 17 depending on where they come from—which means organic grapes are a must.
With recent studies showing nuts like peanuts should be introduced to infants around four months of age, organic peanut milk offers a simple and healthy way to make the introduction. Peanut in milk form is safer and easier for babies to ingest than actual peanuts, and a peanut introduction kit has everything you need to get started.
Protect Your Baby
When in doubt, choose organic—it’s the best option for your baby.