Monday, September 9, 2013

Make your own baby food-

 Difference between homemade versus store bought baby food

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"Actually, let’s stay with this banana example a little longer, because it will help me illustrate the nutritional differences between homemade and store-bought baby foods. Each 71 gram serving of Gerber 1st Foods Banana Purée contains 13 grams of sugar, 5 milligrams of sodium and less than 1 gram of fiber. 
But 71 grams of mashed-up banana contains only 8.7 grams of sugar (a teaspoon less), under 1 milligram of sodium, and 1.8 grams of fiber. 
And lest you think it’s just a brand problem, a 71 gram serving of Earth’s Best 1st Bananas —you know, the brand that’s supposed to be more virtuous than Gerber—contains 12 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber, and even more sodium (20 milligrams)".

"The other issue worth mentioning is arsenic. Last year, Consumer Reports found that commercial infant rice cereal is laced with the naturally-occurring metal, which has been shown to cause chronic health problems including cancer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration followed up with its own analysis, basically confirming the findings. The obvious question: Are babies being exposed to enough arsenic from rice cereal to pose problems?"

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My Recommendation for all busy moms - find out how much  a 12 month old baby should be eating each day. Protein, Fat, Carbohydrates, Vit A, Vit C, Vit D, Iron and Clacium (Nutrient information is based on minimum intake for 12-month-old babies.)

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