Many parents these days are either reluctant to buy commercialized baby food or not. However, it doesn’t mean to say that commercialized baby food should not be consumed. Pediatricians and health nutrition experts even recommend them from time to time, especially from high quality brands.
However these days, it has become complicated in how to navigate through the baby-food aisle when you are shopping for your baby’s food. Here are some of the most common additives you will find that are marketed for parents of young children and babies.
This is specifically yogurt that has probiotics, which is usually promoted by food marketers. These are claimed to have beneficial bacteria working in the intestines to ease up the digestive worries and even strengthen the immune system.
Antibiotics and some gastrointestinal illnesses can activate diarrhea by eradicating or overwhelm the normal microbes of the body. With probiotics, it can aid against these effects. But due to the produce of this benefit, serving the probiotic yogurt must at least contain 90 billion live cultures. You can find baby cereals that contain probiotics. They are yogurts specially made for young children and babies.
The evidence provided with the claims of benefits with these probiotics in yogurt is not that definitive. Some studies show that they might only be modestly effective when it comes to treating diarrhea in children caused by antibiotics. There are also safety concerns regarding giving such drinks to children that have serious health problems, like the compromised immune system.
What this mean is that you have to give your baby healthy foods that has probiotics and that it can offer a couple of benefits. But before you feed them with those, you should talk with your baby’s pediatrician.
Whey Protein and Fiber
It is essential for everyone to have protein in the body, and this is not only reserved for the babies. Fiber is mostly added to aid regulating bowel movements of the digestive system. Some manufacturers have added extra protein and soluble fiber in their baby products. Some baby food and various infant cereal contain whey protein and oat bran. They even emphasize these words on their packaging.
If your baby is eating different kinds of food each day, they won’t be needing the extras. Again, make sure you check with your baby’s pediatrician to get more information.
One thing you want to watch out is childhood obesity, and it has been increasing at an alarming rate these days. You want to avoid snacks that provide no calories or those that contain excessive salt, sugar and many other preservatives.
There are still healthy snacks that your toddler can consume on. These include dry cereal, fruit, rice cakes, grated or diced cheese, small amounts of peanut butter on crackers, frozen or fresh yogurt, pretzels, and crackers.
Stay away from sugary and sweet snacks like candy and cookies. You should also avoid salty processed snacks such as potato chips that come pre-packaged and even marketed as for children’s consumption.