When you have a child with allergies or intolerances, ensuring they get the right nutrients can be a struggle, especially when so many different foods are off limits. As parents, we need to seek out alternatives to ensure our little ones grow up healthy!
At Dribble Delights nutrition is key as we develop our products. We work alongside our nutritionist and University partners to ensure that all of our food contains the vitamins and minerals your little one needs for growth and development. We are also looking into incorporating some exciting ingredients…watch this space!
Check out the following articles which show how Glasgow University researchers found that leading commercial baby foods are lacking in nutrients in comparison to homemade food. It was also found that the products are high in sugar which could lead to children making unhealthy choices later in life:
Our nutritionist Kimberley says:
‘All areas of nutrition are of interest to me but my number one passion is those first foods that are given to babies. I knew before coming to Dribble Delights and starting my studies that this was the area I wanted to research and improve. I received wonderful guidance in my baby food research from my supervisors’. My supervisors’ study on commercial baby food was recently published and has received a lot of interest. I discuss here the importance of this study and their findings. Remember to #AskKimmy on our Thursday twitter chat.
The foods given to babies have found to not only be important for the growth and health of the infant at the current time but there is evidence that the first foods have an effect on future adult health.
Current guidelines from the Department of Health are that infants should be introduced solids at six months however only 14% of infants in Scotland are introduced to baby foods after six months (Growing up in Scotland, 2013).
It is also recommended that infants are given homemade baby foods. However, commercial baby foods are on the rise in the UK with a 46.5 increase of commercial baby foods between 2005 and 2010! Also 56% of infants aged between 4-6 months have been given commercial baby foods in the UK (2010 Infant Feeding Survey). With the high prevalence of these foods in the UK it is essential that we are aware of what is in these foods!
It is also important to introduce bitter foods and a variety of tastes and textures to decrease the incidence of fussy eating and improve neurodevelopemental function. However a study from the University of Glasgow found that a large component of the baby food market is made up of soft, spoonable, sweet foods that are labelled suitable from four months.
Many parents state a reason for introducing solids early is the perception that the baby is hungry. However, this study found that there is little difference in the energy content in breast milk, formula milk and commercial baby food. Therefore, the child would receive no additional energy from being given solids early. It was also found that many commercial baby foods contained high levels of sugar.
Also it was concluded that approximately half as much energy and protein from commercial baby foods when compared to the equivalent size of homemade baby foods. Obviously this varies on the types of food given to child.
This study gives wonderful, much needed information on the baby food market!’
If you’d like to chat to her please join us on Thursday morning at 11am for a Twitter chat @DribbleDelights. Use the hashtag #AskKimmy and she will get back to you!