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Ecotot: Organic May Not Mean Better

Every time I'm at the grocery store, I debate forking over four extra dollars for the organic blueberries instead of the regular ones. Just when I'm ready to forgo the expensive ones, I look at my babe and swap them out for the pricier morsels of fruit. After reading this article in the New York Times, I might rethink my organic purchases next time. To find out why,


Wanting the best for their children, many moms assume that organic ingredients are superior to others. When it comes to formula, they may want to take a closer look. Similac Organic has been crushing the market since its launch in 2007 — garnering 36 percent of all organic formula sales. At times retailing for almost 30 percent more than the standard Similac formula, parents are paying the price for their precious ones.

To see what the catch is,


Unbeknownst to many of the purchasing parents, the New York Times says:

Similac Organic is significantly sweeter than other formulas. It is the only major brand of organic formula that is sweetened with cane sugar, or sucrose, which is much sweeter than sugars used in other formulas.

All formulas are sweetened to taste, but other organic labels use organic lactose via organic milk as their sweet source.

The New York Times commissioned Sensory Spectrum to perform their own study with a professional sensory–tasting panel to test the levels of sweetness in eight formulas. Gail Civille of Sensory Spectrum said:

In a blind tasting of eight nationally available formulas, soy and dairy, organic and not — seven of the formulas were as sweet as unsweetened apple juice. Similac Organic was the sweetest, with "the sweetness of grape juice or Country Time lemonade."

I'm all for my babe loving her food, but not if it means loading her up with sugar. Does an "organic" label equate value to you?

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