Most nutritionists believe that at first babies are better fed with products of industrial production specially created for them, selecting them according to age. There are several good reasons for this.
QUALITY Baby food, which is sold in supermarkets, guarantees us and you what we often have no power over – the high quality of its ingredients. “Jars” have a long shelf life, and their contents meet strict hygienic requirements. And what is in our refrigerator? Can we guarantee that there are no hazardous substances in the products from which we prepare baby food, such as heavy metal salts, nitrates, pesticides that could get into them from the environment?
For example, if we are talking about fish feeding, the ecological well-being of the water area in which it is found is of great importance. And the quality of the hake purchased in the market or in the store cannot be verified.
COMPOSITION Ready-made baby foods are balanced in all important indicators: the content of sugars, salt, vitamins, trace elements and fats. For example, the composition of the “canned” puree includes only very high-quality meat, whose fat level will not be more than the value safe for the body of babies.
CONSTRUCTION The degree of grinding food should also take into account the capabilities and needs of the child chewing apparatus. “Beginners” are addressed to the most pureed – homogenized – products, but starting from 6 months, kids can already cope with larger and harder pieces.
When choosing between homemade baby food and ready-made, parents need to consider a few more considerations:
1) Industrial technologies allow you to add a variety of components to the composition of dishes for kids, which is difficult to do at home. For example, purchased baby cereals are prepared from several cereals at once.
And the fish puree recipe includes just as much spices and spices as to make the taste of such dishes unobtrusive and pleasant.
2) Baby foods are prepared in the most gentle way, which guarantees us the safety of nutrients. As we know, such food is not necessary to cook. And it’s not just about saving time.
In the process of cooking, many vitamins and minerals are destroyed. For example, the content of vitamins of group B in cereals of cereals from heating is reduced by 20-30%!
3) In order to compensate for the loss of valuable substances, which is unavoidable during production and storage, manufacturers enrich the contents of jars and cereals with vitamins (in the case of mashed potatoes and juices, mainly vitamin C) and minerals (essential elements are iron, zinc, iodine).
“What do you need to pay attention to when reading labels for baby jars?”
Primarily for the expiration date (most often it is listed on the bottom or lid of the jar) and storage conditions (some components of the product, such as vitamins, can deteriorate or deteriorate if stored improperly). Then the age of the babies that this product is designed for. The composition of the jar will be important if it is known that the child does not tolerate one or another component.
In other cases, this detail is not so important, because the major manufacturers of baby food follow the requirements for the composition of products for kids, and they are very tough in all countries. Pay attention to the weight of the jar: small packages are more suitable for “beginners”, then the remains of mash will not disappear.
And, finally, information on the method of cooking will be useful, because not all jars can be put in the microwave or frozen.