Old Baby Food.
Did you know that the baby food in jars and pouches is typically older than your baby?
The first two years of your baby’s life(1) are the most critical time to ensure they are getting the right nutrition to support their rapid growth and development. The current baby food options are falling short.
Some things are good aged.
Baby food isn’t one of them.
The Long Journey of Old, Processed Baby Food
Some baby food companies purchase pre-processed purees from ingredients suppliers to be used in their food.(5) These are made by chemically washing produce, milling it into a pulp, straining and heating to high temperatures.
Not Quite Small Batch
Purees and concentrates are imported to baby food production factories in plastic drums where they are mixed together in large vats to create different flavor combinations.
Don’t forget the preservatives!
Extra ingredients such as lemon juice concentrate, citric acid, ascorbic acid are then added to the mixture. These acids act as preservatives so the food can sit on a shelf unrefrigerated.(6)
Don’t clog the pipes
Puree is pumped through hundreds of feet of hot metal pipes.(7) The pipes are heated to more than 200 degrees F and the food can sit in them for hours ensuring it’s “commercially sterile”.
Metal Packaging…Sorry Environment!
The mixture is finally filled into pouches made of plastic and aluminum or glass jars. Pouches are unable to be recycled through curbside recycling programs and instead need to be mailed into “upcycling” programs.(8)
Bring on the heat, again.
After the puree exits the pipes, it’s filled into pouches and jars. The puree is then cooked AGAIN inside of its final packaging, either an aluminum and plastic pouch or jar.(9) These high temperatures damage most valuable nutrition that is left in the puree.
Shipping and Storage
Pouches and jars are packed into boxes, palletized and shipped in truckload quantities to large warehouses where they are stored before making their way to your grocery store.
Eat it now…or in a few years.
Jars and pouches are categorized as commercially sterile, so they can technically sit on store shelves for years, making them older than your baby!(10)