Dear healthy mums and kids,

Organic cooking and organic food are things you are probably hearing about everyday. You see it in the media, read about it in your story books, and come face-to-face with it in the crowded aisles of your local supermarket. It used to be rare, like a unicorn! You’d only find it in certain stores—mostly health food stores. Nowadays, you’ll find those shiny “100% Organic” labelled items in nearly any supermarket.

Don’t believe me? Go visit Tesco and check out that fruits and veggies section.

Organic cooking is certainly all the rage right now, especially as the UK continues to encourage its people towards adopting healthier lifestyles. As we all know, a healthier lifestyles starts with what you’re putting into your body. Yes—food. And, according to HelpGuide.org, organic food often has more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally-grown counterparts and people with allergies to foods, chemicals, or preservatives often find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat only organic foods.” Ooh, more benefits to your health! How delightful!

So, what is organic cooking? Organic cooking is cooking with foods that are grown organically. This means fruits, veggies, meats and any other edible product that has been raised with no harmful chemicals, plus plenty of love and care.

HelpGuide.org also lists these other benefits of food grown organically:

  • Organic produce contains fewer pesticides.

  • Organic food is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer.

  • Organic farming is better for the environment.

  • Organically raised animals are NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal byproducts.

  • Organic meat and milk are richer in certain nutrients.

  • Organic food is GMO-free.

All of this is wonderful to hear. It’s great news! But there are certain aspects of organic food that aren’t as great and even debunk some of these listed items as mere myths.

Here it comes; the ugly truth about organic cooking for kids. It is simply this: it’s not the magical fairy food that organic food companies would have you to believe it is. Many people see the word “organic” and think, “Healthy! Buy, buy, buy!” without really giving the product and the way it was raised much of a second thought.

Organic cooking may have its pros, but there are consthat exist, too, and they shouldn’t be swept under the carpet.

For one, some amount of chemicals are still used in organically grown products. Research from the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy shows that organic farming still use pesticides. Even natural pesticides—pesticides created from things in nature—have been known to cause medical issues.

Organic farming is still commercial farming. That means it will need to produce quickly to meet demands. That means pushing things to the limits. Not every farm is run like the one you read about in Charlotte’s Web.

Critics also argue that organic food isn’t even healthier for consumers. It contains high trans fats and other unhealthy ingredients that rival even conventionally-grown food.

In a review titled “A Review of the Nutrition Claims Made by Proponents of Organic Food”, Joseph D. Rosen from the Department of Food Science at Rutgers states,  “Any consumers who buy organic food because they believe that it contains more healthful nutrients than conventional food are wasting their money”.

With the prices of organic food rising high above those of conventional food prices, can moms really afford organic cooking with their kids, especially when there might get not be that many benefits? I suggest you do some research of your own before shelling out anymore dollars. Locally grown foods might just be a better bet.

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