Every week a family consumes a lot of food – but do you ever consider what is actually in the food that we eat and serve to our children? The perfectly green and shiny apples from the local supermarket that stays perfect for a month, the mouth-watering strawberries in February or what do you put in your shopping basket? Well there’s more to these foods than meets the eye! The fact of the matter is that the conventional foods (non-organic that is) can contain residues from pesticides, chemicals and artificial ingredients that can be harmful to our health and hormone system.
The importance of organic foods for pregnant and breast-feeding women
If you’re pregnant – like me (29 weeks and counting:!)– it’s even more important to pay attention to the food you eat. The reason is that the pesticides found in especially conventional fruit and vegetables are feared to have a negative effect on children’s brain development. It is especially critical to avoid foods with chemicals before birth as the unborn baby’s brain is very sensitive at this point as it is particularly at this stage that the nerve cells are developed. Also the breast-feeding period exposes a higher risk to the newborn child’s development.
Philippe Grandjean, adjunct professor of environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health, advice pregnant and breast-feeding women to eat organic foods when possible, especially fruits and vegetables. Some of the negative effects on children’s development if they are exposed to chemicals and pesticides from the featus stage are slower development and reduced intelligence quotient. Read more about Grandjean’s research.
Lower durability – but higher antioxidants
Organic foods don’t have the same durability as conventional foods – but that’s because they are natural product free from pesticides. Add to this that the taste of organic foods is pure and in general, organic foods have higher antioxidant levels.
So it makes good sense to be extra careful about what you eat when you’re pregnant. I buy both organic and conventional foods, but I especially try to find organic options when it comes to fruits and veggies that we eat unpeeled (like apples, pears, peaches, cucumber, lettuce etc.) and flour for baking. Start where you can, I think that’s the most important thing.
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Until next time – take care!
Sources and more information:
”Potential developmental neurotoxicity of pesticides used in Europe”, Marina Bjørling-Poulsen, Helle Raun Andersen and Philippe Grandjean (2008): http://www.ehjournal.net/content/7/1/50