Organic and conventional complementary foods: is there a difference

Complementary foods usually begin at the age of 6 months: it is at this age that the child’s digestive system is ready to accept foods other than breast milk. Products for the introduction of the first complementary food should be chosen very carefully. One of the safest options is monocomponent purees. Today, parents can find such products marked «organic» or «BIO» on store shelves: these labels mean that the food consists only of natural ingredients and does not contain any dyes, preservatives, flavors and GMOs. As part of such monocomponent purees, there is only one vegetable, for example, broccoli or cauliflower, which are the safest for a child trying an unfamiliar product for the first time.

What’s the difference?
The main difference and the main advantage of bio-products is the production method. Fruits, vegetables and cereals that are used for their preparation are grown in accordance with the principles of organic farming, that is, without the use of pesticides, growth regulators, artificial fertilizers and chemical pest control agents. In conventional agriculture today, the use of such substances, unfortunately, is quite common. Their traces remain in the final product, so such food can harm a child who is still very sensitive at an early age.

Organic and conventional complementary foods: is there a difference

Eco-friendly purees, porridges, soups and drinks are safer for the child, and at the same time they retain a natural rich taste and the maximum amount of nutrients. We do not know how the fruits and vegetables sold in the store or on the market were grown, so self-preparation of mashed potatoes for the first complementary food becomes unsafe. Only those parents who grow zucchini, cabbage, carrots and other products themselves and are confident in their quality (about like Jamie Oliver) can be confident in the harmlessness of home nutrition.

Organic food is grown only in environmentally friendly conditions, therefore it minimizes the risk of harmful substances entering the child’s body and reduces the likelihood of food allergies in the crumbs.

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