Organic Food for Kids: Worth the Price?
While organic produce typically contains lower levels of pesticides than conventional produce, nutritional differences between organic and conventional foods appear to be minimal, according to the report.
Organically raised meat is less likely to be contaminated with drug-resistant bacteria, but the researchers suggest that organic milk may not be worth the extra money.
University of Florida pediatrics professor Janet Silverstein, MD, who was an author of the report, says parents with limited food budgets don’t have to buy organic to feed their children well.
“The most important thing is that children eat a healthy diet that includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat milk,” she says. “Parents with limited means should not choose to buy organic if it means their children will be eating fewer of these healthy foods.”
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