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Saturday 23 July 2011

Staggering survey about Baby food.

          Editor : Khushboo Pathak

      The absolute healthiest food for a baby is breast milk.
But introducing nutritious solid foods to a baby is a big milestone.
Healthy eating of a baby is a common concern of mothers because it is one of the most influential factors in determining how smart and well-adjusted he would be. The brain grows at its fastest rate during the first three years of life so it is possible that good nutrition during this period may encourage optimal brain growth. 

Many foods marketed for babies and young children are often advertised as “healthy”, but in reality, they are not.In terms of sugar and saturated  fat content, these marketed baby foods are worse than junk food. Infact Some baby foods contain as much sugar and saturated fats as chocolate cookies or cheeseburgers.

Britain's Children's Food Campaign (CFC), which works to improve children's health and well-being through better food, surveyed more than 100 foods for babies and toddlers such as Farley’s Original Rusks and Toddler’s Own Mini Cheese Biscuits (both made by Heinz). 
They found that one brand of dry biscuits contained 29 percent sugar and some toddler biscuits contained trans fat. 


Trans fatty acids replace the essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are needed for brain growth.Trans fat is known to increase Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL), also known as "bad" cholesterol, at the same time, lowers level of High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL), also known as "good" cholesterol. It can also cause clogging of arteries; increase the risk of heart disease; type 2 diabetes; and other serious health problems. 

Many food companies use trans fat instead of oil because it reduces cost, extends storage life of products and can improve flavor and texture. None of these reasons have anything to do with benefitting child’s health.

Apart from this, processed baby food lack adequate sodium which is required for optimal growth of bone and muscle tissue.

So,don’t simply believe baby foods are going to be healthy for your little one. Read the product labels and check saturated fat and sugar amounts.

Also a child having baby food kept in Bisphenol A( BPA ) containing plastic container could get exposed to (BPA)-a toxic contaminant.BPA is primarily used to make plastic containers. 

Therefore,always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby. Remember, you are taking the first steps to help your little one develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.
Well,simple nourishing homemade baby food recipes are the most nourishing one, wherein, you have a complete control over the ingredients; no unresolved questions about potential additives and preservatives.
Dig in to nutrition;balanced diet with plenty of cereals, low fat milk products, fruits and vegetables are the best option.

The stronger (right) the foundation (infant nutrition) the better (healthier) will be the structure (adulthood).