It can be confusing to know what is wholesome and what is marketing hype and ultimately what is best to feed your little one. In Weaning Sense, we tried to separate the noise from the facts, because a lot of what we hear is not truly fact. During the launch period of Weaning Sense we have been asked many questions about GMO, organic, allergens etc. I wanted to share two tidbits of info that address these questions:
Prioritize where to spend your money
Organic, farm fresh and other similar labels do come with a price. The fact that a food is sustainable and healthily produced simply will add to the cost – for example a battery egg is going to be cheaper than a free-range egg because the cost to produce an egg when a chicken sits in a battery all its life and will be less than when giving the chicken a space to roam. That battery egg will also be likely to contain some undesirable elements such as antibiotics given to stop the chicken getting ill in it’s over-populated environment.
This goes for beef, milk and veggies too. Healthy food just will cost more. In this day and age when living is so expensive, a parent may need to make choices and prioritize what is worth the extra expense:
• Don’t stress about organic fruit and veg too much. The term is so loosely used that spending extra money on organic fruit and veggies may not be the best way to prioritize spend.
• GMO – Likewise, GMO foods may not be all-evil and to feed our world populations may be a fact of the future.
• Farm dairy, eggs and meat – The one place you should prioritize spending extra money if possible is on free range and organic meat, eggs and milk. Animal produce that is fed antibiotics and hormones to produce better yield quicker does affect our children and our bodies.
Know where your ingredients come from
An overriding principle when choosing ingredients for your baby is to know where the food came from and how it was processed. At every point in the production of food there is a possibility of more additives. So the more processed a meal is, the less you will know about what’s actually in there.