Jarred baby food or homemade food? This question inevitably arises among all parents when it comes time to introduce snacks for babies. It is impossible to get a clear and simple answer for everyone because the choice is still up to you. After all, only you know what’s best for your baby and more convenient for you as a parent.

Usually, discussions about baby food begin with a point of its benefits. Ready-made jars with all possible flavors in the right consistency and age indication are available in any store. So if you’re really pressed for time, this option is automatically the best.

If you have the opportunity to prepare your baby food for your little one, you should take into account and try to exclude some possible disadvantages. First of all, it isn’t easy to vouch for the quality of fruits and vegetables that we buy for cooking baby snacks. In what conditions were they grown? Are they really organic products? Alas, these questions are very, very relevant today. So what are the most common myths about jarred baby food?

Jarred baby food doesn’t taste good

 It is a fact that many adults do not like the taste of baby puree in cans. This is not because it is of poor quality, but because it is made without the salt and spices that adults are so used to. Following the homemade puree recipes, they will taste the same if you cook vegetable puree without adding spices. But, given that an adult forms a child’s taste preferences, you should not accustom your little one to salty and spicy tastes from childhood. After all, even for adults, it is not very good. When choosing baby food in a jar, carefully read the composition and age recommendation.

Baby food contain harmful ingredients

According to the strict standards of baby food and baby formula production, it is forbidden to use artificial flavors, dyes, spices, and other synthetic additives. But if you carefully read the composition, you can see that the puree may contain starch, rice flour, pectin, and cereals. These products are used as a thickener. This is why homemade purees have a more liquid consistency. These ingredients are not harmful to immature children’s bodies because the starch is in potatoes and rice. But it is important to draw the parents` attention to the fact that when choosing a puree, you should remember about the nutritional needs of your child. If a child is prone to constipation – you should not give him/her jarred baby food containing rice flour. If a child is allergic to grains, it is not recommended to choose puree with cereals.

Baby food in jars stores for a long time: does it mean it contains preservatives?

The explanation is simple enough – a special heat treatment plus aseptic packaging, which eliminates the entry into the product of harmful bacteria. That is why when you open the jar, there must be a pop that indicates that the integrity of the packaging has not been violated. Attentive moms who read the labeling on the package may also find lemon juice or vitamin C in the baby puree. These components can be used as natural preservatives and are not dangerous for a baby.

  • Lemon juice

 Citric acid is involved in metabolism, and therefore it almost never causes allergic reactions. But in some baby food artificial citric acid can be found, which is harmful to the body. However, this happens very rarely.

  • Vegetable oils

 There are oils in baby foods that contain high amounts of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. This is why soy and rapeseed oils are usually used in production. They are beneficial, and it is only necessary that the oils are of organic origin, as you can often see information on the package.

So, if you decide to feed your baby jarred food, be sure to pay attention to its composition.

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Shashank Jain, founder of good-name, a young and energetic entrepreneur has always been fond of technology. His liking for technology made him go for engineering in computers. During his studies, he learned & worked on different computer languages & OS including HBCD, Linux, etc. He also has a keen interest in ethical hacking.

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