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Five Organics Food Benefits, Pregnancy and Beyond

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It is not surprising that many women begin learning about organic food options during pregnancy. By now you have probably already eyed the organic grocery store options and have friends who feed their babies exclusively organic produce. Whether you are already buying organic food or you are just considering the options these important benefits may surprise you.

  1. Choosing organic foods is one of the most effective ways to reduce exposure to potentially harmful pesticide residues. This is important because as science has yet to fully understand how even low level pesticide exposure can trigger subtle changes in health, especially during pregnancy and childhood.
  1. Don’t like genetically modified organisms in your food? Look no further than USDA organic certified foods. Organic certification ensures food is produced without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, genetic engineering (GMO), sewage sludge, or irradiation.
  1. Prepared foods that are certified organic are made without artificial sweeteners, artificial colorings, preservatives, food additives like monosodium glutamate (MSG), or partially hydrogenated oils.
  1. Foods labeled non-GMO without the organic certification may still contain synthetic hormones, antibiotics, and pesticide residue
  1. Organic is not just “marketing.” It’s a way to grow food that supports biodiversity, rich soil and ecological harmony. While only a few studies have supported these crops as having a great number of nutrients, we do know that it leads to cleaner water and air.

Whether you are choosing organic food to feed your family tonight or just looking to make a healthy snack choice, look for foods that are USDA certified organic. Choosing organic foods provides you with a confidence that food was produced in a way that is healthy for you and your baby. It also helps to cultivate healthier bodies, healthier communities, and ultimately a healthier planet.

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By Tara DelloIacono, RD at Clif Bar & Company, and LUNA Bar, she is also a long time PAM Advisory Team member and mom.

DISCLAIMER:  The opinions expressed by Tara DelloIocano Thies, RD, Clif/LUNA Bar, and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM) or any employee thereof. PAM is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by Tara DelloIacono Thies, RD or Clif/LUNA Bar.  Consult with your own medical provider regarding your individual health questions or concerns.

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References

1 Kesse-Guyot E, Pe´neau S, Me´jean C, Szabo de Edelenyi F, Galan P, et al. (2013) Profiles of Organic Food Consumers in a Large Sample of French Adults: Results from the Nutrinet-Sante´ Cohort Study. PLoS ONE 8(10): e76998. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076998.

2 The Organic Center Critical Issues Report, September 2011. “Transforming Jane Doe’s Diet”.

 

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