Processed Food vs. Home-Made Food

The meals we, including our babies and kids, are consuming nowadays are very far from being natural. They all contain food additives and preservatives.

Are these additives really dangerous and can be harmful for health?

To start, let’s define what food additives are and why they are used in most of the manufactured foods.

Food additives are chemicals added to food to improve the taste, texture and even appearance of many processed foods.

There are hundreds of food additives. For instance, emulsifiers are type of food additives used to mix water and oil together.

Not all types of food additives are harmful and dangerous, some are considered safe. In fact, food additives that are allowed by law are the types considered safe.

Nevertheless, homemade food especially for babies remains the safest food you can offer to your kid.

Making your own baby food is easy, efficient, and economical. Instead of spending money on prepackaged baby food, you can use fresh produce, grains, and meat that you have on hand. Best of all, you’ll know exactly what you’re feeding your baby.

Going the do-it-yourself route also gets your baby used to eating the same food the rest of the family does, a strategy that may pay off during the picky toddler years.

Read the below tips to help you prepare safe food for your angel:

  •     Wash your hands before preparing food.
  •     Use clean cutting board, equipment and containers to cook and store food.
  •     Always wash and peel fruits and vegetables and remove seeds and pits before using.

And once you are done, cover and refrigerate or freeze cooked food immediately after it is prepared. And keep pureed food in a covered container in the refrigerator for no more than three days.