Have you ever wondered how store bought baby food is able to sit on the shelves for so long without being refrigerated? Especially the ones that have on their label “no preservatives added”.
The thought all began when my son came into the picture. My hubby and I didn’t know everything there was to know about babies, but we knew we wanted to make homemade baby food.
We were those brand spanking new parents who wanted the absolute best for our child so buying store bought baby food was out of the question.
I began to do my research on how to properly make baby food and why it was better versus store bought.
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So lets dive into why you should consider making your own baby food.
According to USDA FSIS, “Food items that are shelf-stable foods, meaning they are able to (stay on shelves for long periods of time without being refrigerated), are sealed and heated to a high temperature to be preserved “.
Basically the way it happens is, the food is vacuum sealed in containers, cans, jars, etc, then heat processed at a high temperature to kill any fungi, bacteria, or viruses.
Reasons why you should consider making your own baby food
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- You’re able to keep all of the nutrients in your food
When the baby food in stores are sealed and heated to high temperatures, a lot of the natural nutrients are stripped from the food during this process. Therefore, causing the food to have a slight change in color and taste.
This is one of the reasons some companies add artificial colors and flavors. Although a lot of companies are steering away from this, there’s still the fact of nutrients being stripped during the heating preservation process.
I don’t know if you have ever seen the color difference in store bought baby food and homemade baby food, but the colors are usually brighter when they are homemade because all of the nutrients are still there.
Whether you boil or steam your own baby food, you are still able to use the nutrients that is left in the broth for pureeing.
- You know what’s in it
How many times have we seen food items at the stores get recalled due to some type of cross contamination. I am just not willing to take the chance of my baby getting sick due too improper food processing.
Here is a link to parents giving their experiences on the baby food they purchased in store.
Ever since I started making my own baby food a few years ago, I have noticed amazing benefits from doing so for my children.
They have always received compliments on their teeth and both of my kiddos teeth came in really fast. I believe it was due to breastfeeding and homemade baby food.
Now, of course I have no proof of this, but I’m sticking to it!
I really hope this article has helped someone decide to start making their own baby food. Your precious little one is truly worth that much.
I will have another article on how you can save some time by storing your homemade baby food.
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