Kids' Nutrition: The Organic Food Craze
Submitted by Oregonian
I feel like I need a degree in organic chemistry to figure out how to feed my kids! There are trans fats and saturated fats and mono-hydro-ginormo fats. There's sodium and MSG and other weird preservatives that they add to food to make it taste good. And don't even get me started on pesticides and organics. I mean, I'm all about healthy eating
and I get the concern about childhood obesity
, but I'm worried this craze has gotten out of control.
For example, last week, a lady at Whole Foods leaped in front of my cart as I considered buying (gasp!) a non-organic apple. She told me not to even think about feeding it to my son until I had bathed it in hydrogen peroxide and scrubbed it with a mixture of one part rock salt and two parts baking soda. What?! She even whipped a tiny rubber-banded bag out of her purse and explained that she carries her "white magic cleaning powder" everywhere she goes in case she is confronted with non-organic produce. (I'd like to see what they'd make of her "white magic cleaning powder" down at the police station!)
There is an alternative to all this craziness. It's called moderation. Take McDonald's: They serve some mighty tasty fries. And I'm not condoning a Happy Meal every day, but is it really going to hurt my kids' nutrition to eat a little bit of junk food (or just normal food, instead of tofutti-whole-grain-broccoli-enhanced stuff) every once in a while? Hasn't this whole health-food craze gone a little bit too far? I don't want my kids to live their lives in fear of a regular apple. And I don't want to have to keep trying to decipher the nutritional labels!Is there a parenting craze that's making YOU crazy?! Tell us all about it! We'd love to publish your story!