My husband has long mocked the organic cookie syndrome. I, personally, have fallen for it over and over. Surely because they're organic, I figure, they're healthier. Somehow in my little mind I decide they won't make me fat, rot my teeth, or whatever other evil cookies are rumored to perpetrate. But truth is, they're organic, which does make them better in some ways, but not miraculously low-fat or healthy or whatever I try to tell myself.
And for the formula users among us, I imagine the choice to buy organic is similarly frought - and significantly more expensive. I wasn't all that surprised to read about the super-sweet organic formula by Similac, 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.' The NYT reported that no health problems in babies have been associated with Similac Organic to date, but that some doctors are concerned nonetheless:
But to pediatricians, there are risks in giving babies cane sugar: Sucrose can harm tooth enamel faster than other sugars; once babies get used to its sweeter taste, they might resist less sweet formulas or solid foods; and some studies suggest that they might overeat, leading to rapid weight gain in the first year, which is often a statistical predictor of childhood obesity.