A baby has a unique and delicate physiology; his digestive system is far more efficient at absorbing food than an adult's. This enables nutrients to be used quickly, but also makes the baby vulnerable to toxins, especially from additives, pesticides, and other chemical residues often found in non-organic food. In addition, a baby's immature kidneys cannot excrete harmful substances efficiently so they circulate around the body for longer. Research has also found that babies are more exposed to these substances than adults because, weight for weight, babies eat larger quantities of a small range of foods, which are often the ones most contaminated with residues, such as bananas and cow's milk.
Organic food is produced without the use of synthetic pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers, and growth hormones. The processing of organic food, is strictly controlled with the aim of retaining the "integrity" of the food so that no added artificial ingredients, preservatives or
irradiation are permitted. There are even stricter regulations for baby foods. I'd advise you to list the five foods you most often give to your baby and resolve to buy organic. Staple foods, such as baby rice, wheat products, fruit, and vegetables, are often the worst offenders when non-organic.
Many parents argue that organic food is too expensive. But as its production is becoming more widespread, prices are falling. There are also ways to buy cheaply without compromising on quality: buy seasonally and from local producers rather than expensively packaged supermarket food and your bills will be lower. Buy unprocessed organic foods such as fruit, vegetables, and meat and cook with them at home rather than buying processed versions.
Genetically Modified Foods
As it develops, GM technology seems to provide solutions to many of the problems in world agriculture and food production. However, in recent years a vociferous anti-GM movement has emerged, and is growing all the time. GM foods have never been in the food chain before and no one really knows how they are going to effect it. The true impact of GM on the environment and our health may not be fully realised for many years. All foods containing GM products are now required by British law to be clearly labelled, making it easy for you to decide whether to buy them or not. All organic food is certified non-GM.
Additives And Preservatives
There are thousands of additives, in the form of preservatives, antioxidants, artificial colourings, ad_fcial flavourings, flavour enhancers, artificial sweeteners, stabilizers, and thickeners. Their sole purpose is to give factory-processed food a longer shelf-life and to make it more palatable. Few additives have any nutritional value. Research is still being carried out into their long-term effects on human health, in particular on babies and toddlers. Recently, the first official study into the link between food colouring and children's tantrums found that colourings induce liaperactive behaviour in 25 per cent of children. Other studies have shown a link between additives and conditions such as asthma, eczema, allergies, and even behavioural problems an children.
Additives approved for use in the European Union (EU) have an "E-number" allocated to them. There are now approximately 927 approved E-numbers, but there are also many other incredients that do not have E-numbers but that can still be used in food. Thankfully E-numbers bade been banned from use in baby food, but when your child is weaned and begins to eat the rest of the family eats, he may be exposed to them. The best thing is to try and cut at foods that are high in additives for all the family, and eat home-cooked food as much as possible. It will be beneficial for all of you.
The Importance Of Freshness
These are many reasons why home-cooked food is better for your baby. Most importantly, destiny prepared food will maximize your baby's intake of essential nutrients, especially dolt is cooked for the shortest time possible. Food cooked in this way will look, smell, and taste better than convenience food in jars. This will instil in your baby an appreciation freshly cooked, unprocessed food that will last a lifetime. If you are feeding your family deme-made food, you can easily adapt the meal for your baby. And always remember that. despite what advertisers would have you believe, even organic ready-made food will always be inferior to fresh, home-made versions. Even the best baby foods have been processed, cooked, and packaged and will inevitably have lost some of their nutritional value.
While I am obviously an advocate of home-cooked food, at the same time I realize that sometimes it is just not possible to juggle work and family life and still have time to make fresh meals every day. There is a vast range of convenience foods out there and they are not all bad. By choosing carefully and reading labels, you can buy certain things that will save you lots of time and, if you add some fresh ingredients to them, they can make up a useful part of your baby's diet. If you are buying baby food in jars, add a little mashed banana or avocado - something that is quick and won't need cooking, to up the nutrient content.
Most pre-packaged food for babies is strictly regulated, but get into the habit of reading labels. Look out for and avoid, if possible, the following: salt; sugars - dextrose, glucose, fructose, lactose, maltose, honey, and fruit syrups are all forms of sugar; meat or vegetable extracts, which often indicate overprocessing; processed starches, because they often indicate the overuse of water - they are low-nutrient fillers, such as modified cornflour, rice starch, and wheat starch, and they dull the flavour of the food; flavourings - these are unnecessary for babies and only introduce your child to artificial tastes.