A defining characteristic of Millennial moms is our commitment to buying healthy foods and products for our kids.
We're fully informed on health and wellness, and with this information, many families have adopted healthier lifestyles.
Our generation has been taught the importance of choosing organic items, but always buying organic isn’t easy on the wallet.
There’s a reason why Whole Foods is referred to as “whole paycheck.”
But, the Millennial mom knows what’s up. She understands what foods and products need to be organic, and she knows where there is wiggle room.
Here are five things the Millennial mom will always buys organic:
Dairy is a must when it comes to organic-consciousness at the grocery store. Calcium is essential for growth, so moms love milk.
But the hormones found in non-organic milk and dairy products are often genetically engineered and can have harmful health effects.
And when you buy non-organic dairy, you never really know what you’re getting.
For example, factory farms pump up their cows with toxicities, like recombinant bovine growth hormones, in order to increase milk production, but rBGH increases cell division, which can lead to breast, prostate or colon cancer.
Millennial moms always buy organic dairy, even if it means spending as much as $3 or $4 extra on a carton of eggs.
Buying organic dairy is the only way moms can rest assured their kids are eating products 100 percent free of antibiotics, synthetic hormones and pesticides.
Buying organic also supports healthy agricultural practices. Plus, organic dairy from grass-fed cows has slightly more CLA (conjugated linoleic acids) and omega-3 fatty acids.
The organic clothing movement is huge among Millennial mothers.
This is because kid’s clothing made from synthetic fibers, which are manufactured with chemicals such as acrylic, PVC and esters, are directly linked to health problems including cancer, immune system damage, behavioral problems and hormone disruption.
More concerning, the fabric finishing found on non-organic cotton never washes out, and is known to release formaldehyde.
Like dairy, Millennial moms know the only way to know clothes are completely free of harmful chemicals is to opt for organic, especially cotton.
3. Fruit and Veggies (The Dirty Dozen)
In a perfect world, the health-conscious Millennial moms would probably love to buy all their groceries organic. But, in that scenario, a trip to the grocery store could cost an entire paycheck.
Millennial moms are familiar with “the dirty dozen,” the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest level of pesticide contamination that should always be purchased in organic form.
Based on information and studies by the United States Department of Agriculture, the following fruits and vegetables, when tested, contained the greatest percentage of pesticides (from highest to lowest): nectarines, celery, pears, peaches, apples, cherries, strawberries, grapes, spinach, potatoes, bell peppers and red raspberries.
4. Shampoo and Conditioner
More than half of what you put on your skin absorbs into your body, so with the use of many traditional shampoos and conditioners, synthetic agents and chemicals end up running through your bloodstream.
This is why Millennial Moms always buy organic shampoos and conditioners for their kids.
Non-organic shampoos and conditioners often contain toxic ingredients that are harmful to children’s growth and overall health.
For example, sodium lauryl sulfate, found in 90 percent of conventional shampoos, is known to cause cataracts in adults and improper eye development in children.
Scientists also believe it causes hair loss in both men and women.
Chemicals like parabens (found in most traditional shampoos) have been proven to leave deposits in children’s internal organs.
Millennial moms don’t mess around with their meat.
There are so many dangerous additives and antibiotics in non-organic meat, it’s not even worth listing them.
The bottom line is, non-organic meat isn’t safe because cows and chickens are often pumped up with hormones and antibiotics to add moisture to the meat and improve tenderness and shelf life.
Millennial moms know organic meat is absolutely worth the extra money when it comes to the health of their families.