Before I had my first daughter I was blissfully unaware of many of the hidden dangers lurking in our food. Sure, I often bought organic, didn’t microwave in plastic, and tried to buy hormone-free dairy and meats, but you know, I was living my life (mercury-infused tuna, pesticide-laden blueberries, BPA-lined tomato cans and all). Thanks to the internet, my first pregnancy unleashed a torrent of fears, foods to avoid, containers to avoid, and chemicals to fear. It was pretty overwhelming. With a limited budget the challenge of keeping your family safe can seem insurmountable, so instead of feeling like a protector, I felt really inadequate. The other day I heard another mother say to her toddler in the market, “That’s not organic. We don’t eat that–it’s yucky.” I glanced anxiously at the conventional (and on sale!) chard in my basket, and once again a familiar feeling of guilt set in.
So, does organic matter? The fact is, it does. If you’re on a budget, these can be tough words to hear since organics can be expensive and hard to come by. But there are solid reasons to choose organic products, especially where kids are concerned. Here’s the lowdown on why organic is important, so you can make educated decisions while shopping for your family. And, I hope, breathe in a sigh of (temporary) relief.
For more on being a smart organic shopper, check out 10 tips for eating organic on a budget.
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