US experts report on organic food consumption in children

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 25th October 2012

The American Academy for Pediatrics has involved itself in the arguments questioning the nutritional differences between organic and conventional foods in children. The Academy has now provided its own analysis on the benefits of children consuming organic produce, dairy products and meat. Although it was reported that organic produce lacked pesticides and organic meat was less likely to contain drug-resistant bacteria, there is no direct evidence that organic food leads to improved health in children.

The study of organic foods effects on children follows a recent study in September 2012 questioning the superiority of organic food by researchers at Stanford University. The Stanford study had concluded that there was a lack of strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods.

The American Academy for Pediatrics has now assessed that organic food contained the same amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins, lipids as non-organic food. What was considered important by the researchers was that children need to have a diet that is high in fruit, vegetables and whole grains, regardless of their organic value.

The Academy researchers said that although there is no specific study on the effects of pesticides and drug-resistant bacteria on young children, they are vulnerable to chemical exposures and highlighted the benefits of organic meat that does not use antibiotics.

In spite of this, it was noted that the motivation to purchase organic was not only based on health issues, and was also influenced by environmental outcomes.