We heard that you only eat certified organic food and wild or home grow food, is that true? Is that also the principle you choose for your kids? Can you share with us your experience on choosing food for babies and kids?
Dr. Greene’s Answer:
My organic journey began in a cow pasture, believe it or not. I was walking on a diary farm in Vermont, listening to someone speak about the dramatic improvement in health for a herd of cows when it transitions from being a conventional herd to an organic one. The speaker made an offhand remark about how impractical it is for someone today to be 100 percent organic.
Back at home, I posed the question to my family. What if I switched exclusively to organic food for a year to see what it was like? We were quick to note that our favorite restaurants might be off limits, and that eating with others would be tough. But the family strongly supported my experiment, and I happily made the switch.
I eat 100 percent organic or wild, so I’m far off the conventional food grid. This requires planning ahead to find local food co-ops, grocery stores, and restaurants. It also means I travel with my own food. My family shares my passion for organic food, and we make food choices that are best for our bodies and our planet.
In “Raising Baby Green,” I discuss the best ten organic food choices parents can make for their families. Here are my top three on this organic journey:
- Organic Milk
- Organic Potatoes
- Organic Peanut Butter
Organic peanut butter can be very healthy food. Peanuts have heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and are packed with antioxidants on par with blackberries. In addition, during the growing process, organic farmers encourage healthy soil that discourages the mold problems.