Baby Weaning Question:
Hi I was going to use baby food pouches when out and about, something like Ella’s Kitchen – what’s the recommended amount of salt and sugar I should be looking for on these pouches? I just looked and one pouch was 9.9g of sugar!
Anna our Nutritional Therapist says:
Great question, basically you should look for no added salt and sugar for baby food, and where you give your own foods, just check that you don’t give lots of a food with high salt, sugar and additives in.
Where you do use pouches from Organix or Ella’s kitchen these shouldn’t have any added salt or sugars since they are purely for babies. What they do often have is a lot of fruit, often mixed in with the veg. So it might look like you’re giving vegetables, but the main ingredient is fruit.
So the Ella’s Kitchen products called Broccoli, Pears, & Peas is actually:
Organic pears 79%
Organic peas 14%
Organic broccoli 7%
You might think from the order of the ingredients in the title that broccoli was the main ingredient! And the Spinach, Apples and Swede is:
Organic apples 55%
Organic spinach 34%
Organic swedes 11%
Of course fruit is fantastic for your little one, it is high in sugar, but it’s full of fibre, antioxidants and vitamins. Amazing to get them loving the taste of fruit at an early age, and nothing wrong with that! But if you give ready made foods to your baby all the time you may unknowingly be giving mostly fruit all day rather than veg unless you read the labels and choose ones with only veggies in, it’s pretty misleading.
Ready made baby food is pasteurised so it has a longer shelf life. Again, no problem with this now and again, but many nutrients are lost during this process, so if you can cook for your family most of the time there will be many more nutrients in fresh home cooked foods.
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