Health Benefits of Organic Food
Children need it most
Children’s immature and developing organs, brains, immune systems, plus their larger intake of food per kilo of body weight, combine to make them even more susceptible to toxins than adults.
Toddlers eating mostly organic food have been found to have less than one sixth the pesticide residues in their urine compared to children eating conventional foods, lowering their exposure from above to below recognized safety levels.
Mudgeeraba Education and Care Centre will be adopting some of the principles of Clean Eating when developing menus and preparing meals.
Clean Eating is a theory of nutrition which promotes the idea of being more mindful of the food’s pathway between its origin and your plate.
At its simplest Clean Eating is about eating whole foods which are subject to a minimum of processing, refining and handling, making them as close to their natural form as possible.
To this end, menu planning at Mudgeeraba Education and Care Centre will continue to focus on a diet consisting largely of plant-based foods, that is, fruits and vegetables, as well as healthy breads and cereals which are 100% whole grain wherever possible.
Clean Eating principles will be gradually introduced over the coming months as we continue to apply the very latest in nutrition science to our menu planning and food preparation.
Elizabeth Gillette’s landmark 1998 paper in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives showed how a combination of low-level environmental, household and dietary exposures caused subtle yet measurable developmental deficits in children.
Gillette compared children in two nearby isolated villages in Mexico, one in which pesticides were routinely used in their farming, and one in which they were not. Everything else was the same between these two villages—genes, diet, lifestyle, climate, culture, etc.
The study found significant differences between the two groups in both mental and motor abilities (with the children who were exposed to pesticides scoring at a much lower level), as well as an increase in aggressive behavior.
We all care about the impact we have on the planet and want to do the right thing through our purchasing decisions. We know how important it is to make sure that the products we bring into our childcare centre are sustainable, healthy and safe for our families and colleagues, while also minimising the environmental impact of our choices.
Through choosing GECA certified products we are choosing to help the environment . A healthy and sustainable work environment can improve the health of staff, children and families.
In many Western countries, children and adults are similarly exposed to multiple sources of pesticides, and in 1995 an Australian study of breast milk found that infants are regularly exposed to several pesticides at levels greater than maximum recommended exposures.
In Canada, a direct correlation has been observed between pesticide contamination of breast milk and increased risk of Otitis media. Otitis media is the name that doctors use for middle ear infections.
Acute otitis media is an active infection of recent onset, and is generally associated with a build-up of fluid in the middle ear. Symptoms of acute otitis media include earache and fever.
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Healthy meals for healthy minds!
We have a four week rotating menu with different meals provided each day to give the children variety of tastes and textures.
A variety of sandwiches on the menu
All meals meet the dietary guidelines and needs of the children with the majority of the ingredients used in the meals being organic.
thai chicken balls
Our younger children are also offered steamed or mashed vegetables alongside their lunches.