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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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baby08 baby08 8 years
I think the Times should stop scaring people! Sucrose is the technical term for refined processed table sugar. It is not in the ingredients of Similac Organic. If you are buying USDA Orgainc you are buying one of the best products out there. Also I just read the ingredients on the can of Similac Organic formula and they use Organic Cane sugar which is not highly refined and processed like table sugar. It is going to be sweeter because it is from the real thing! No matter how short on money I am, I will always put Similac Organic formula in my son's stomach.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I was going to say the same thing as elephantheart - I don't see how this relates to organic produce which isn't going to have any additional ingredients. :? But, definitely people should read labels and not just buy things because they say "organic" or whatever on the packaging. And I'm with LiLRuck, I much more partial to companies whose entire product line is Earth friendly or natural than products from very large companies in their Earth friendly or natural lines.
elephantheart elephantheart 9 years
I don't see how that has anything to do with buying organic blueberries or not? It's not like Similac is selling organic because they believe in it; they jumped on the bandwagon. Buying organic produce is a completely different issue...
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
I would trust Earth's Best organic formula over Similac's. Obviously Similac does organic to make a profit, whereas EB doesn't make anything but organic products. I don't tend to trust companies that branch off and add an organic option to their products. I would still choose the organic option though.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
If I feed my next formula for any reason I will probably go for organic. Are there any brands that don't use sucrose??? I have heard good things about Earth's Best. I still buy their kids applesauce for my son.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
Or to put it another way--just because the company is cashing in on organic doesn't mean they won't add a bunch of other junk, as well.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
I'll still be inclined to buy organic for baby, especially in food that has animal fat. I will be sure to pay a lot more attention to the rest of the ingredients.
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