The New York Times takes a look at what’s in and what’s not in some organic foods—it’s kind of surprising. Take a look:
For many kids, commercial breakfast cereal is the main source of daily vitamins and minerals. Take a look at Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes reduced-sugar cereal. A serving provides 25 percent of the recommended daily intake of seven essential nutrients, including iron, folic acid and other B vitamins. It also provides 10 percent of the recommended intake for vitamins A, C and D.For more on organic, check out this video on CNN, and, don’t forget about Dr. Fuhrman on organic. Here’s a taste:
Now look at its organic equivalent: EnviroKidz Organic Amazon Frosted Flakes. The only ingredients are organic cornmeal, organic evaporated cane juice and sea salt. A serving gives kids only 2 percent of the recommended daily intake for vitamin A and iron, according to the label.
Not every organic cereal is low on vitamins. Several cereals from the Barbara’s Bakery organic line are fortified with extra vitamins. A serving of Barbara’s Bakery Organic Apple Cinnamon O’s, for instance, actually provides higher levels of iron, folic acid and other nutrients than does an equal amount of Kellogg’s Apple Jacks.
Organic food is certainly your best bet, to further limit exposure to toxic chemicals. No one knows for sure how much risk exists from pesticide residue on produce, but here's what we do know: the younger you are, the more your cells are susceptible to damage from toxins. It seems wise to feed our young children organic food whenever possible.
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