The baby food industry is worth billions of dollars. Their main goal is to make a profit, not to give the best nutrition for your child. Commercial baby foods can be very convenient but are usually highly processed, devoid of most nutrients, and may contain chemicals and other hazardous ingredients, such as arsenic, lead and cadmium; trans fats; pesticides; and genetically modified ingredients, which don’t have to be labeled. Because of their packaging, they may also contain bisphenol A (BPA) – even if the label says BPA-free, or bisphenol S (BPS), which are both hormone disruptors. Salt, sugar, and bulking agents like rice, corn, or wheat to thicken food, thereby reducing its nutrient density. This is very beneficial for manufacturers but not for the health of your child.

If you are going to buy commercial baby foods, learn to read and understand ingredient lists and remember that not all “ingredients” are labeled. It’s important to take in consideration that babies are more vulnerable to toxins due to their small and growing bodies, so if you are going to buy commercial baby food, it’s best to buy organic, especially food made with animal or dairy products.

Although commercial baby food may be very convenient, the best way to nourish your growing child is to cook at home with good quality ingredients. It may require a little more time but it’s worth it. Cooking at home is also a great way to have control of the quality of the ingredients as well as the cooking and preserving methods — you know exactly what your child is eating. If you don’t have the desire or time to make separate food for your baby, consider doing baby-led weaning. It’s a terrific approach to food, and it’s simple, fun and nutritious.