Read This Warning About Baby Food

Pesticide exposure can affect your baby today as well as in the future. In fact, some effects may not become apparent until later in life. Your baby’s first two years pass with rapid growth and development. In fact, your baby’s body and brain are growing faster during this period than at any other time. Healthy, chemical-free foods play an important role in your baby’s developing body. Babies are more vulnerable to environmental toxins such as pesticides. Eating organic food has been proven to reduce the amount of pesticides present in the body.

There is ample evidence that pesticides contribute to a wide variety of health problems, including cancer, lung disease, reproductive problems, and possibly endocrine and immune system disorders.

Animal testing also shows that pesticides can cause permanent changes in brain chemistry that can lead to behavioral disorders, learning difficulties and even long-term damage to the brain and nervous system.

Children more vulnerable to the dangers of pesticides

1. Pesticides can cross the placenta, which means pregnant women should take care to avoid contact.

2. Children tend to eat a limited number of foods, which can increase their exposure to certain pesticides. They also eat more food than adults based on their body weight.

3. Children may also absorb pesticides more easily and their bodies may break them down less because of their gastrointestinal tract still developing.

4. Pesticides can interfere with the absorption of nutrients vital to healthy growth and development.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Academy of Sciences stated: “Chemicals used in conventional agriculture are up to ten times more toxic to children. Babies have a lower body weight and have a faster metabolism, so they ingest more toxic chemicals. Pesticides are particularly harmful to underdeveloped organ systems and damages babies’ livers, which are immature and less capable of detoxifying harmful chemicals.”

There are many brands of organic baby food you can buy – they will cost a little more, but it’s worth it! Two well-known brands are Earths Best, and even Gerber now has its own organic line to keep up with customer demand.

Another great option is to make your own baby food. If you think you’re the only parent making your own baby food – think again! A leading research firm estimates that 62% of parents make all or some of their baby’s meals. The advantage is that your baby gets the food fresh and you know exactly how it is prepared.

Start making the switch to organic or homemade baby food today!

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