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Best Organic Baby Food Brands

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Best Organic Baby Food Brands

Organic baby food is becoming popular and many of the best brands are frozen. This is because manufacturers are leaving behind the old way of canned preservation foods so that they are able to keep in more flavor and nutrients.

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Here is a look at the best organic baby food brands.

Tastybaby Frozen Organic Foods

Tastybaby knows how to make delicious foods as one of the creators of this brand was trained at Le Cordon Bleu. Tastybaby is available in three stages. The first stage has single ingredients that are blended into a super smooth consistency. The second stage is also smooth, but contains more complex flavors. The third stage is chunkier and contains a lot of protein.

Plum Organics Frozen Baby Food

Plum Organics is a frozen baby food that aims to reproduce the type of food that you would make at home for your baby if you were choosing your own organic products and creating your own baby food that is organic.

Once these baby foods are cooked, they are quickly frozen so that they are able to retain many of the nutrients, flavors and textures. The baby food that they offer is divided by age. Small babies will get smooth tastes and toddlers will enjoy more complex meals.

Gerber Organics Baby Foods

Gerber Organics actually went through a re-branding so that parents know straight away that their baby food is organic. This baby food is categorized by age ranges, those being 1st foods, 2nd foods and 3rd foods and they come in 26 flavors.

Gerber Organics also offers organic infant cereal, apple juice and fruit snacks for toddlers.

Earth’s Best Organic Baby and Toddler Foods

This organic baby food comes as the traditional jarred baby food, so they are easy to store and come in a number of flavors. They offer a range from infant formula to basic vegetable and fruit purees to chunkier foods for toddlers.

They also offer a Sesame Street line of toddler food that includes organic pizzas, cereals and pastas.

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Facts about Organic Food

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Here are some interesting facts about organic food.

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  1. The word organic refers to the way of growing agricultural products or raising livestock. It also involves the processes that are used to uphold the farm and the high set of standards that guarantees certain practices are used in food and non-food products.
  1. There has been widespread encouragement for shoppers to lower their intake of pesticides by buying the 12 most contaminated produce organic.
  1. Animals have to be raised without the use of synthetic growth hormones or antibiotics. Also the feed has to be 100% organic, safe, and clean and they need cage free living in order to be organic.
  1. Foods that have USDA Organic label may have up to 100% organic ingredients included.
  1. Organic farmers will have to utilize insect traps, predator insects, careful crop selection and beneficial microorganisms that will help in controlling pests.
  1. Products that are labeled organic may have a higher price due to the production process.
  1. There are many organic and free-range farms that pack animals together in sheds and lots for profit increase.
  1. There are government standards in place that certify organic foods and these meet the high standard of how the food is grown, handled and processed.
  1. There are products that contain at least 70% organic ingredients might say made with organic ingredients, but do not use the seal.

 

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Organic Foods that are worth it

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Here are organic foods that are worth the money and tips for these foods if you choose not to buy organic

Apples

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The Food and Drug Administration says that there are more pesticides found on apples then other fruit or vegetable. In one test it showed that were as many as seven chemicals detected on a single apple.

If you choose not to buy organic apples then peel your apple and also look for apples that come from New Zealand as these are treated with half as many pesticides.

Baby Foods

Elson M. Haas, M.D. the author of ‘The Staying Healthy Shopper’s Guide’ says that a child’s immune, nervous and detoxification system are less developed then an adults and are then more susceptible to the effects of pesticides. Baby foods that contain apples, peaches and green beans are treated with chemicals, but you are able to get organic baby foods.

If you choose not to go organic with baby food then make your own puree with organic fruits and veggies.

Butter and Milk

The grains that are consumed by dairy cows are heavily treated with chemicals and still have presence in milk and other dairy products.

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupes often contain five of the longest lasting chemicals and one of these is dieldrin which is a highly toxic and carcinogenic insecticide. It was however banned in 1974, but residues are still found in soils which is taken up through the roots and absorbed into the edible part of the cantaloupe.

If you choose to go non-organic then you need to thoroughly wash the outside of a melon.

Cucumbers

The Environmental Working Group found that cucumbers were second in cancer risk and 12th in most contaminated food.

If you choose to go non-organic then peel the cucumbers as the waxes which are used to make the skin shiny tend to hold chemicals.

Grapes

Grapes ripen fast and tend to mold and attract insects, this means that growers hit them with multiple applications of various chemicals.

Grapes that are grown domestically usually have fewer chemicals.

Green Beans

There are more than 60 pesticides registered for use on green beans according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Go for fresh beans if you go no organic and wash them well.