Benefits of eating organic foods

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I think that it's important to not only feed a child, but a whole family organic foods. So sometimes we forget about ourselves and we just worry about what we're feeding our children. But organic food has been found not only to not contain pesticides and herbicides and all of the chemicals that they need to put on conventional produce to keep the bugs and all of the other things away, but it also has been found in research studies to have higher levels of some vitamins, like Vitamin C and Vitamin A and some other nutrients. So that's a benefit of eating organic. It also is better for the environment. I know that it can be sometimes a little bit more expensive, but depending on where you shop you sometimes can find bargains. If we all start to buy some things organic, the prices will start to come down. If price is a barrier for you, there are some lists out there that you can look for like the Dirty Dozen, which shows the most contaminated fruits and vegetables, so ones that contain the highest levels of pesticides. So those are some fruits and vegetables that you might want to try to purchase organic when possible.
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Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD

Pediatric Dietitian

Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD is the founder of NutritionWise, a nutrition consulting practice based in Los Angeles.  She enjoys working with clients in all ages and stages of the lifespan and has specialized training in working with children and families. As a trusted partner who works closely with her clients and their physicians, she specializes in medical nutrition-related issues including food allergies, diabetes (type I, II and gestational), overweight/obesity, celiac disease, feeding disorders, failure to thrive, cardiac disease, eating disorders, and others.  Nicole’s approach and philosophy are based on a client-centered model.  She looks at each client on an individual basis and develops their plan according to their specific needs.  Nicole works with her clients to develop realistic and attainable goals. 

Prior to opening her private practice, she practiced as a clinical dietitian at the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (outpatient clinics, school-based clinics, community education), at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  

In addition to her clinical work, Nicole publishes her own newsletter, NutritionWise Monthly. She has contributed to numerous publications and websites including Healthy Child Healthy World, Breezy Mama, Parenting, The Bump, ICAN (Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition- a professional publication) and is a frequent speaker to local schools, corporations and the community at large. Nicole has also provided consulting services to several national food and beverage companies.  She is the founder of the San Fernando Valley Family Food Allergy Support Group and is on the medical advisory board for the Celiac Disease Foundation. 

Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts Degree in Preventive Nutrition from the University of Southern California. She then completed the Dietetic Internship program at California State University Northridge.

 

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