Disease Proof

Organic...Lacking?

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.


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.
For more on organic, check out this video on CNN, and, don’t forget about Dr. Fuhrman on organic. Here’s a taste:
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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Kirsten - September 28, 2007 12:40 PM

Ugh! Fortification is such a pain--I think it steers some well-meaning parents towards denatured, artificial "foods". In my world, a well-fortified cereal with HFCS as the second ingredient (or on there at all!) rates way lower than Grape Nuts, or an organic cereal without added sugar. Then again, how about some oats?!

sara - September 30, 2007 12:40 PM

there's an awful lot of organic junk food in the supermarket these . it's unbelieveable what they have organic versions of. But its still junk.

Veola - January 19, 2009 9:46 PM

I know that many people are not getting enough organic foods these days because of various reasons, and the most popular one is that an organic, home-made dinner from scratch may cost more than lets say, a pizza and some pop. I was just wondering if there are any diseases you can catch or sicknesses, if you don't get enough organic food.

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