Your baby is hungry, so you take a cheeseburger and fries, or maybe a candy bar. Put them in a blender, then pour it in a baby food jar. Of course, that’s ridiculous, and highly unhealthy. But that’s what many unsuspecting parents do every day when they open a jar of baby food.
A study of over 450 baby foods may make you throw a tantrum. Many products were thin on nutrition but high on calories and especially sugar. Baby foods are supposed to help infants advance from breastfeeding and move toward solid foods, but if they provide too much salt, sugar, unhealthy fats, or calories, they may actually lead to childhood obesity or other diseases.
One alternative is making your own baby food—without the harmful ingredients and extra calories. The extra effort will come with a big payoff for your baby—and maybe even your budget.
Here are some of my other blogs on the topic:
- Program Teaches Parents How to Nurture Healthy Eaters
- Babies should take vitamin D supplement
- Vegetarian diet said to be safe at all ages according to a new study
- Salty foods predispose infants to preferring salt
- The Truth About Infant Formula
- IOM report outlines steps to prevent early childhood obesity
- FDA enhances rules for infant formula
© Copyright WLL, INC. 2013. This blog provides a wide variety of general health information only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from your regular physician. If you are concerned about your health, take what you learn from this blog and meet with your personal doctor to discuss your concerns.