Baby food doesn’t have to come in jars. It grows on trees and in gardens!
Writing Grow A Green Baby prompted me to think about all of the little choices and dilemmas new parents are faced with daily. One that seems to transcend most of the others is how important it is to provide babies with healthy eating habits right from the start.
Conventional prepackaged baby food can be loaded with additives and preservatives. Some even contain refined sugars and chemically modified starches. Not to mention the condensed fruits and vegetables with potential pesticide residues.
Homemade organic baby food is simply fruits, vegetables and grains that are strained, pureed, or mashed. Making your own baby food makes perfect sense, because little babies have rapidly developing bodies that are especially vulnerable to toxins.
Why make your own organic baby food?
1. Pound for pound, a baby consumes more pesticides, nitrates, food additives and chemicals from the foods they ingest.
2. Studies show that organic foods have higher nutritional levels than conventionally grown foods.
3. Organic foods are not genetically modified.
4. Baby food that isn’t over-cooked and processed has a higher nutrient quotient.
5. You can make food that pleases your baby’s taste.
6. Babies learn what fresh food tastes like, and it is usually preferred.
7. Making your own baby food saves money.
Do organic foods have a higher nutritional value?
Organic food is safer, more nutritious and it tastes better. Here is a study that substantiates that. Wholesomebabyfood.com claims that some organic products may have 60 to 80 percent more nutrients and higher levels of vitamin E than their conventional counterparts. Organic wheat, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, onions and lettuce have between 20 to 40 percent more nutrients.
Isn’t it a waste of time to make your own if you can buy organic baby food?
Using fresh and clean organic fruits and vegetables and whole grains develops healthy eating habits and the nutritional value of homemade organic baby food per ounce is higher than jarred foods.
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