Its Organic September and here at Little Soap HQ we’re doing all we can to support the initiative run by the Soil Association. This week we’re on a mission to help more people understand exactly what ‘organic’ means, and what it means to support the campaign- plus, we’re sharing three little foods that we believe children should eat organic- let us know your thoughts!
What is organic?
There is no need for the term to be surrounded with mystery. Put simply, organic food is produce that has grown without the use of pesticides and fertilisers. Food that is free from chemicals. Whole, natural foods. Foods we should all strive to eat, and feed to our children too.
Why go organic?
- Organic produce often boasts higher levels of nutrients than non-organic foods, and for people with allergies this can often mean a reduction in symptoms- or in some cases, a complete elimination of symptoms.
- Organic products contain fewer pesticides and therefore reduce the risk of adverse affects these chemicals can cause.
- Eating organic reduces the body’s overall toxin load
- You can guarantee that you are not consuming genetically modified foods, and you are contributing towards better care for the earth by opting out of the use of harmful chemicals
Put like this, it makes perfect sense to choose to go organic wherever possible! That said, it isn’t always easy- especially if you’re on a budget or you’re dealing with fussy eaters. We always say to do your best when you go shopping- organic produce is always going to be better for you, but if you struggle to get your hands on it, don’t panic. There are, however, three foods in particular that we feel most kids would benefit from always eating organic.
Three foods to always choose organic
Ask any parent and most will tell you that the one piece of fruit their kids will actually eat tends to be an apple. Luckily organic apples are easy to get hold of and readily available in supermarkets, so it should be fairly easy to tick this one off the list. Yes, organic apples may well be slightly more expensive, but health and wellbeing benefits for your child (organic apples are higher in antioxidants) and for the planet is more than worth it.
Another staple found on most family menus and a great one to ensure kids eat organic. Like apples, organic potatoes are easily found in the supermarket and the price difference shouldn’t be too remarkable. Studies have found that the potato has extremely high levels of pesticide for weight compared to any other form of produce, so this is one change you really need to make today.
Meat, poultry and eggs
Go organic on these products to boost heart and immune health and to reduce the risk of exposure to unnecessary and potentially harmful hormones and chemicals.
Tips for shopping organic
As with anything, there are changes to be made and it might be easier to make them gradually so that you can make organic living a lifestyle rather than a fad.
- Shop around for the best price, and consider subscribing to a regular fruit and veg box service if there is one in your area.
- Read your labels carefully and religiously, always ensuring that you opt for ingredient lists you are familiar with and can pronounce as a starter!
- Foods should be consumed as close to their natural state as possibles so stay clear from processed foods if you can.
- Making simple swaps is a great way to get started, and do a little online research as to the best places to buy organic too.
- Online shopping is often a fantastic way to make great changes, so spend some time at the computer before you do the grocery shop.