Usually, when shoppers see the words "certified organic" on particular products, they tend to associate them with a heftier price tag.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, organic products are more expensive because the demand is far greater than the supply. Farms that produce organic products yield less than those that produce conventional food. Another reason is the higher labor costs due to stricter production standards.
Seeing the prices while browsing through organic products along grocery aisles can raise the eyebrows of budget-conscious moms, but the benefits of organic food far outweigh the costs.
1. It is produced with practically zero toxic pesticides.
According to long-term studies in the United States, children's brain development was adversely affected when their moms were exposed to pesticides while pregnant. Another study found that exposure to pesticides can contribute to the occurrence of ADHD among children.
Eating produce with lots of pesticide residue can also affect fertility among males. On the other hand, organic produce has essentially no pesticide residue after washing. Organic food is also less likely to have cadmium, a poisonous heavy metal that can settle in the liver and kidneys.
2. It is environment-friendly.
Organic farming methods are less harsh on the environment. Since little to no chemicals and pesticides are used in organic farming, this means less air, water, and soil pollution. This not only contributes to our ecological sustainability, but it also lessens the impact of pollutants on our long-term health.
3. It has higher levels of fatty acids, vitamins, and nutrients.
Organic milk and meat products contain more omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart, your brain, and your child's growth and development. Research also shows that organic milk contains more iron, vitamin E, and other nutrients essential to your health. Organic fruits and vegetables are also said to have 10- to 50-percent more phytonutrients—mostly antioxidants that can help control various health problems—compared to conventional produce.
Eager for your family to start making the shift to a more organic lifestyle? Make sure you don't take product labels for granted, especially when it comes to milk and other food for your kids. Ones that are labeled organic should carry a certification seal, such as the Organic Certification Center of the Philippines (OCCP) seal.
Promil Organic is for kids above 3 years of age and is not intended as a breastmilk substitute. It is available in supermarkets and drugstores nationwide. Visit Promil Organic's Facebook page or its website for more information about the product.