Baby food from shops is half as nutritious as homemade
Losing the will to live while pureeing butternut squash is apparently worth it if you don’t want your baby to grow up to be a stunted FREAK. Yes, in the latest news to make mothers feel guilty and depressed, it turns out that shop bought food from brands such as Cow And Gate, Hipp Organic and Ella’s is only half as nutritious and often contains too much sugar.
This is according to scientists in human nutrition in Glasgow (where it’s acceptable to give babies Gregg’s sausage rolls and bottles of Irn Bru from 3 months onwards). Writing in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, they said:
'The UK infant food market mainly supplies sweet, soft, spoonable foods targeted from age four months. Most products are ready-made spoonable foods that are no more energy dense than formula milk, and are generally much less nutrient dense than homemade foods. This meant that around 50g of a soft spoonable family food might supply the same amount of energy and protein as 100g of ready-made spoonable food.’
The Department of Health currently recommends breastfeeding up to 12 months (yeah, RIGHT), followed by weaning at 6 months, not 4, as many baby food manufacturers advertise.
Rosemary Dodds from the National Childbirth Trust said: "Many parents do find jars of food convenient when they are out and about, but babies can eat family foods most of the time. Buying commercial baby foods is also much more expensive than using family foods.’
Meanwhile, in the real world, babies start to want solid food at 4 months, and it’s all stressed out, skint, overworked mams can do to open a jar. And guess what? They’ll be fine. Just don’t give them fags.