I rarely buy meat since most of my family doesn’t eat it, but when I do, I buy organic. I justify the added expense with the fact that I don’t buy it often. I have long thought that the hormones and antibiotics found in today’s meat are repulsive. Some say that’s what is causing early puberty to skyrocket but to me, it’s just gross and not necessary. I’ll be honest, eating meat of any kind grosses me out, but I still feel that when I buy organic meat and veggies, I am consciously choosing to ensure that what my family eats is the healthiest version I can find in the store, which will lead to better health and well being for my kids.
Not so, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In a new report, the AAP says there is no binding, long-term evidence to suggest that eating organic food will give a person better health. They maintain that much broader studies must be done before they can cite any significant upside to eating organic.
In a Fox News article, Dr. Janet Silverstein, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and co-author of the report explains the Academy’s position:
“Theoretically there could be negative effects, especially in young children with growing brains, but rigorous scientific evidence is lacking. We just can’t say for certain that organics is better without long-term controlled studies.”
I’m not quite sure how effective the study is when its conclusion merely maintains that more studies need to be done. With everything, parents have to make their own decisions and not rely on others (even the esteemed AAP) to tell them what to do. I’ll still buy organic because I can’t see any benefit coming from letting my children ingest hormones and pesticides if they don’t have to. If it costs slightly more, that’s a price I’m willing to pay.
While the AAP admits that pesticides do indeed exist in fruit and vegetables, particularly those that heavily hold onto the chemicals, such as apples, peaches, strawberries and celery, they maintain that the amount of pesticides present fall within the normal range of what is determined to be safe. As an alternative, they also suggest that parents buy fruits and vegetables that are naturally low in pesticides, like eggplant and avocado.
Do you buy organic? Will this study change the way you shop? Does an endorsement by the AAP change your opinion on anything?
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