Everything you need to know about organic baby food
Baby food labels can be complex and misleading, understand what “organic” really means
What to know about organic baby food.
Navigating the complex world of your tiny human’s nutrition, feeding and health can be overwhelming, especially with labels meant to mislead and nutritional guidelines that constantly change. In an ideal word, all baby and toddler food brands would be non-processed, 100% organic, and have ingredients you can see. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
Why are organic ingredients important?
Infants and toddlers are particularly vulnerable to pesticides and chemicals, due to the fact that their bodies and immune systems are still developing. Conventional (non-organic) ingredients can contain high levels of pesticides that a tiny human just can’t process. Over time, these chemicals can build up in the body and lead to a number of health issues including developmental delays and learning disabilities.
What can you do to avoid pesticides and chemicals in your child’s food?
Buy organic when possible. Since this is not always the case, you can prioritize the “dirty dozen” (a list of produce ranking highest in pesticide contamination).
Additionally, you can subscribe to an organic baby food delivery service like ours for high-quality nutritious meals you can trust.
What’s the difference between organic and natural baby food?
While the FDA has no restrictions for the term “natural”, the USDA designates it to mean that the food contains nothing artificial or synthetic in its ingredient list. However, the “natural” designation was not intended to address the potentially harmful growing, manufacturing, or storage methods such as the use of pesticides and irradiation.
The USDA Organic designation, on the other hand, is much more stringent and addresses many additional factors including; soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, and use of additives. In addition, organic products are not allowed to be grown or handled using genetically modified organisms.
Which organic baby food is best?
Not all organic baby food is created equal. Lots of shelf-stable organic baby foods and pouches are 40% sugar. Often big brand baby food companies use organic concentrates, which means they use organic produce, but boil it down to a syrupy puree— killing all of the nutrients in the process. So even though the label says “organic”, it doesn’t mean it’s good for your tiny human.
*A tip is to read the ingredients. If the first one is a fruit concentrate or puree— even if it’s organic—it’s mostly sugar.
What can you do to make sure you are buying the best organic baby food?
Make sure the baby food you’re buying has a balance of proteins, vitamins, and healthy fats. We developed meals to be a balanced source of all three. Because, why go to all the trouble of buying organic meals if they’re not going to work hard and be healthy for your tiny human?
Is fresh organic baby food better than flash-frozen organic baby food?
Once picked, fruits and vegetables will use their own nutrients to keep their cells alive. Causing them to lose vital nutrients as they sit in storage. Flash-frozen foods, often frozen within hours of being picked, have been found to lose significantly fewer vitamins when they were frozen. This is because freezing halts the process of oxidation, which is often why produce turns brown after being harvested.
Does baby food contain heavy metals?
High levels of heavy metals, arsenic, and more have been found in some traditional baby food brands due partly to the way they are made and processed. Some heavy metals are found naturally in soil regardless of being organically farmed, but the process of boiling it down to a purée concentrates it.
What can you do to avoid baby food containing heavy metals?
Research your baby food and ask questions about where they are sourcing their ingredients, and if they test their food for heavy metals.
This is why we’re all about real food. You’re going to be able to see every ingredient you ever receive from us – nothing is processed. The best thing you can do to mitigate your risk of these metals is to avoid processed foods and eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. By increasing your variety of ingredients, you can lessen exposure by 73%.