There is much affirmation that the quality and formation of commercial fruit baby food may put up to present and future health welfare of young children. Since neonates between 6 month and 3 years of age are rather bounded in their food alternative, the commercial fruit baby foods serve as the important source of energy, basic nutrients, fibre, vitamins and minerals and set up their flavour and eating patterns.
Food safety of baby food from the view of chemical pollution and microbiological taint is a priority for both producers and state authorities, the formation and nutritive quality of products are often underrated.
Nutritive values in baby food
The Nutritional value of baby food depends extremely on the formation, what raw materials are used and what are the fraction of fruit or vegetable content. Letting the supply energy aside (from sugars and polysaccharides) the fruit baby food are understood as the fibre, ascorbic acid, polyphenols and other antioxidants sources based on the fruit
Ten fruit baby foods, representing five main trademarks, were sold in the region for younger infants in 2008 in prague. One apple and one colored multi-fruit product were selected from each producer. Most of them, occupying the front place, reached their expiration date.
Currently ready to eat fruit based baby products have become well known, combining the advantages of the conventional home made fruit purees with the benefit of an appropriate preparation and affirmation of safe and nutritional constitution. According to ingredients lists of ten analysed samples, in addition to a certain amount of fruit (usually the most expensive part of raw material), the majority of these products consist also of sugars, organic acids and artificial thickening agents.
How consumers select food for babies
Consumers accept fruit baby foods on the basis of material used for composition. To cross check the value of fruit content several substances are used, which are ranged in various parameters.
Everyone loves his baby. No one wants to compromise on the health of their offspring. It is our utmost duty to check the ingredients of the food which our baby is using. This is not good for their health but also beneficial in better and complete growth of our baby. Most of the parents do not take care of their babies’ food. This act directly affects their health, which causes severe disease.
However, food inspection authorities must check these companies. The companies which are not taking care of their ingredients must be fined. And all those which are operating in society must be checked on regular bases.
The parents must consult some expert for baby food. Parents must take this seriously as their neglect can lead to some severe diseases in future. It is highly recommended not to use baby food other than branded. Some of the brands for baby food are
- Beech-Nut Naturals Stage 1.
- Plum Organics Stage 1.
- Gerber Organic 1st Foods.
- Gerber Natural 1st Foods (Pear)
- Happy Baby Organics Clearly Crafted Stage 1.
- Once Upon a Farm Cold-Pressed Organic Baby Food.
- Gerber Organic 1st Foods Single Grain Cereal