Spending the extra money on organic food for your children may not be worth the cost – this according to a report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
According to the news, the jury is still out on whether there are actually significant health benefits for children whose parents support an all-organic diet. The report deems the health benefits of this particular type of food “inconclusive.”
“Current evidence does not support any meaningful nutritional benefits or deficits from eating organic compared with conventionally grown foods,” the report says. ”And there are no well-powered human studies that directly demonstrate health benefits or disease protection as a result of consuming an organic diet.”
Joel Forman, co-author of the report, says that while it has been proven that organic foods contain lower levels of pesticides, there are no long-term studies that prove pesticide-free food is actually healthier.
The new report coincides with the results from a study released in September in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine which revealed that there were no significant health benefits or advantages in organic foods over conventional foods.
As most of you know, there is a considerable price difference between normal foods and foods labeled organic in the grocery store.
The results of these studies and reports suggest that the high cost of these particular products probably isn’t worth the few (if any) health benefits your kids will receive by maintaining this type of diet. The studies insist that the healthiest choice is for kids to eat a well-balanced diet, whether organic or conventional.
Do you think organic foods are healthier than conventional foods for your children?
Source: USA Today