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Should You Make Your Own Baby Food?

By Sara Butler

The baby world has undergone a shift over the last few years. From baby-wearing to cloth diapers to homemade baby food, parents are starting to take a very different approach to parenting their little ones. You always must do what is best for your family and that may have you considering making your own baby food. Is it worth the time and investment and, most importantly, is it actually better for your baby? If it’s something you’re considering making a switch to, here's what you should know about homemade baby food.

Commercial Baby Food

When you were a baby, you were probably fed out of little jars of food -- and you survived, right? Well, what your mom may not have known is that a lot of commercial baby food contains added salt, corn syrup, water, and sugar. These additions deplete the nutrients in the food.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has published studies that found a baby gets only about 20 to 30 percent of the nutrients in jarred baby food than they would from the whole version of the food. That’s a pretty startling difference between jarred food and the baby food you could make in your own kitchen.

Processed Foods

Processed foods don’t always have to be bad. After all, bagged spinach is technically a processed food because it’s been altered from its original state. But when extra ingredients are added, such as stabilizers and thickening agents, then that’s a different story -- because that does make a processed food not as good for you.

Reuters Health has reported that a study in the United Kingdom found that unprocessed, fresh baby food had a correlation to a decreased occurrence of food allergies in children. Babies in the study who were fed fresh fruits and vegetables had fewer allergies than babies who weren’t.

Making Your Own Food

If you want to try to make your own baby food, it’s not as difficult as you think. All you have to do is steam and mash vegetables or fruits like carrots, peas, broccoli, pears, peaches, or mangos in order to make it. Some foods, such as avocados and bananas, don’t even require cooking. Simply mash them up and you’ve got a whole, homemade meal for your little one.

There are a million decisions you must make as a parent to ensure your child's health and wellness. Making your own baby food is definitely an easy way to give them a little boost in nutrition!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Woodland Hills, Calif.


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