Why Make Your Own Baby Food?
For optimal growth and development, a baby’s body needs a sufficient supply of fresh water, carbohydrates, fats and proteins as well as dozens of essential vitamins and minerals. In recent years we’ve learned more and more about certain compounds called phytochemicals in fruits, vegetables and whole grains that also have health-promoting properties. The best way to provide these nutrients for your child is to serve him a balanced and varied diet based on whole foods that are minimally processed. And the best way to do that is by making your own baby food, using the freshest, best-quality ingredients you can find.
Because children’s dietary preferences are set early in life, it’s important to predispose them to having a taste for whole healthy food rather than a preference for salty or heavily sweetened processed food. When you make your own baby food, you know exactly what your baby is eating. The added value is you can shape her taste for the better by limiting ingredients that may have potentially negative effects over the long term.
Moreover, an early diet based on nutritious whole foods will help develop a healthy eater, one with a broad palate who will enjoy a wide variety of foods, while ensuring she obtains the full range of nutrients she needs for optimal development. The recipes in Easy Gourmet Baby Food by Chef Jordan Wagman and Jill Hillhouse stress the importance of whole foods and fresh ingredients. They also use a variety of foods, because variety is the foundation of a balanced healthy diet.