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CR: Organic Baby Food

Organic food costs more, but sales are booming; up to $15 million dollars a year. And, it's not just for grown ups, there's organic baby food too.

Consumer Reports can tell you if organic food for your little one is worth the extra money.

Hannah Gorman's eight month old son has just started eating solid foods. "Apples mixed with oatmeal and rice cereal, and then he's got other stuff during the day which is like sweet potatoes or peas and it usually has some kind of meat," she says.

Hannah only feeds her baby organic baby food. "I want to make sure that he gets the best that he can get. And I think organics’ the best," she says.

Urvashi Rangan, who researches organic food for Consumer Reports, says going organic for your baby is a good choice. "Baby food is usually made from condensed fruits and vegetables. This means that the pesticide residue can sometimes be concentrated as well. So you'll get higher levels than in regular food."

In fact, studies have shown that children who eat organic food have lower levels of pesticides in their blood than children who eat regular food. And, Consumer Reports says pesticides can pose a bigger risk for children than adults.

"Babies bodies are still developing, so they are especially vulnerable to toxins in foods like pesticides and other chemical additives," Rangan explains.

So for babies, Consumer Reports says organic baby food can be worth the extra money.

Consumer Reports says buying organic baby food is just one example of when paying more money pays off.


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