Every mother wants to give her baby the best, but because the question of choosing between industrial and domestic products foods very relevant, because a well-chosen products foods contribute to health promotion, improving nutritional status and physical development of children in the period of accelerated growth and maturation.

As we have learned previously (When enter solid foods) the main task of feeding is to ensure the growing organism with all the necessary micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), because young children are especially sensitive to the lack of such substances. Deficiency of vitamins and minerals is accompanied by a decrease in the body's Adaptive capabilities, violation of blood, hormonal and immune dysfunction, impaired activity of enzyme systems, and it can result in a violation of child growth and development.

According to most domestic and some foreign specialists, used for feeding the products prepared in the home does not allow for a growing baby the necessary quantity of micronutrients. This is due to the use of modern agricultural techniques and widespread depletion of soils, leading to a significant reduction in vitamins and mineral salts in vegetables, fruits, grain processing machinery products. Thermal processing of products, their long and incorrect storage have also contributed to substantial loss of vitamins and minerals.

At the same time, products for industrial production of baby food are prepared using special technologies for specially designed recipes, taking into account the peculiarities of the digestion and metabolism of young children. Many types of foods and dishes of feeding Additionally enriched with biologically active substances (vitamins, trace elements, polyunsaturated fatty acids, etc.), which is important for preventing scarce conditions (in particular, calcium deficiency, iron, iodine, vitamin c, etc.). Use small containers for easy usage and package integrity-an opportunity of long storage even at room temperature.

In this case, the use of feeding industrial production allows to provide 30-50% of the daily needs of the child in vitamins and minerals.

With regard to industrial production of cereals of Hypo-allergenic, they not only enriched the basic vitamins and minerals, dietary fibers, but also does not contain milk, sugar, salt, gluten, artificial preservatives and colorings, flavorings. In addition, innovative technology, currently used in the production of baby foods, allow accord kasham functionality, enriching their Pro-and Prebiotics, which requires the baby to speed up adaptation to the new the type of food as well as improve digestion and destroys pathogenic flora in the gut.

Thus, industrial production baby food has a number of advantages over products made in house conditions, in particular:

  • guaranteed microbiological and chemical safety;
  • guaranteed composition that corresponds to the age characteristics of metabolism and digestion of the kid;
  • guaranteed optimum grinding corresponding age characteristics of chewing and digestive system of the kid;
  • Security and high quality of the raw material used for the production of foods;
  • a wide range of products, including malodostupnye at home (including exotic fruits, broccoli, asparagus, hard razvarivajushhiesja cereals-rye, corn, barley, millet, a mixture of several Croup);
  • quick and easy cooking (Kashi don't require cooking and vegetable puree just enough to warm up to room temperature);
  • additional enrichment of vitamins, minerals, Pro-and Prebiotics, polyunsaturated fatty acids).

Seemingly, the choice is clear: there is nothing better for a first meal than offered by various manufacturers "jar" and "boxes", but personally I am confused by the fact that almost every article domestic pediatrician after listing all useful industrial properties is added to foods "for example, colored white from N", or "the entire line of cereals from N has the properties". Not suggestive thoughts on hidden advertising?

Moreover, similar phrases are contained in the "national program of optimization of breastfeeding babies in the first year of life in the Russian Federation" (adopted at the 16TH Congress of Pediatricians of Russia in February 2009 г.) (hereinafter referred to as the programme), which are guided by many pediatricians. For example, in the chapter entitled "prevention of iron-deficiency conditions," the authors of the program recommend introducing complementary foods meat not later than 6 months of life baby, and certainly with children's canned meat "Agusha", "Frutonyanya", etc. About cooking foods at home speech.

However, the World Health Organization (hereinafter who) adheres to the opposite point of view.

In the methodical recommendations for the who European region, with special emphasis on the republics of the former Soviet Union "feeding and nutrition
infants and young children "(hereinafter-the who guidelines) stipulates that home food is a healthy basis for the introduction of complementary foods, so its use should be
encourage. Ideally, babies should eat what is powered
the whole family. If cooking in advance to defer some chunk for a child, and then putting the flavoring (such as salt or spices) for the rest of the family.

With regard to the products of feeding industrial production, who recognizes their convenience, but notes that such products are often expensive, but offer no nutritional advantages over properly prepared dishes with the family table, except for cases where there is a particular need for enrichment of micronutrients.

In addition, methodical recommendations, who pointed to the need to offer baby food home cooking, even when the main power production is selected because the homemade food gives you the opportunity to introduce the child with a great variety of taste sensations and structures.

Generally, opponents of homemade products following voice cons home meal:

1. It is unknown what these vegetables/fruits polivalis-udobrjalis, in which the Earth grew up, etc. As regards canned food-it is a lot of quality tests, they can be trusted.

A moot point. When the mother herself, she at least sees products, of which it does (especially great when it's vegetables/fruit grown at their dacha). That put in a jar. It seems to me questionable that kabachkovoe puree for 14 rubles 125 gr. passes careful check.

Yes, there are baby food with an "Organic". It is expected that products for such foods obtained through "organic agriculture", which is different from conventional agriculture complete renunciation of the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers,
plant growth regulators, genetically modified organisms, synthetic feed additives and hormones, as well as nanotechnology. Thus, the potential for food safety based on organic ingredients of vegetable and animal
origin ("Organic") is much higher than that of conventional products. However, even when such proceedings cannot be denied the ability to detect traces of pesticides and heavy metals. The cost of such products is much higher than the price of ordinary jars, making them unprofitable. On the shelves of domestic stores such products are virtually non-existent.

2. There is no seasonal vegetables, so I will feed the "banks".

And did you pay attention to the date of production of the "cans"? I just somehow drew. February. Growing of courgettes in February-the case fairly troublesome and not cheap, but because it is suspected that there are used the same frozen vegetables that can be used on their own.

3. Manufacturing advanced lure is enriched with vitamins and minerals.

With regard to vegetables is a rarity. Paps really mostly enriched. However, there is one point: artificial vitamins and minerals are absorbed by the body is much harder than natural, and natural vitamins in banochnom puree with a term of validity -2 1.5 year. If you really need some vitamins, you can always buy at the pharmacy.

4. Productive lure less allergies. There is a special hypoallergenic porridge.

Indeed, some doctors recommend that children with atopic dermatitis or problems with the gastrointestinal tract (hereinafter referred to as the INTESTINE) begin solid foods with "cans". Yes, the chance that they would cause a negative reaction is less than, but not because they do not contain pesticides and nitrates, and because all the canned puree "dead". There's no fiber, vitamin c and other useful, but not for the faint of STOMACH heavy substances (all vyvarivaetsja and sterilized). In that case, the variant of "cupping" puree as dating with a new kind of protein before proceeding to a full product.

However, there may be exceptions. For example, my daughter's belly first time reacted to any industrial Zucchini, because they all are prepared with rind and seeds. If I cooked peeled-there was little reaction.

As regards cereals, hypoallergenic many of them doubt. I love reading the composition before select something (especially when it comes to child health). So many "hypoallergenic" Kas in the composition is: "there may be traces of gluten", and some even PostScript "and milk". Considering that the immune system of a person suffering true allergies, even traces of the product are the occasion to issue a strong response, I don't understand how this porridge can be called "hypoallergenic". 

5. In house conditions it is very difficult to create the desired consistency.

One word-blender. Yes, it costs money, but if we calculate how much money will it take to "canned" food (of course, we are talking about a good "banochnom" food manufacturer which inspires confidence)-it's worth it, he is also no more mountains "cans". In addition, the kid is growing and in 2-3 months after the beginning of the introduction of complementary foods, he will need to learn zhevaniju, and this really helps to reduce the amount of time the blender and have absolutely no facilities contributes to the constant consumption of "cupping" puree.

5. The lure of industrial production is convenient.

Here you will not argue. "Banks," you can always take with you when you travel and not worry that they will be damaged. When there is no time to prepare home-cooked meal-banks also come to the rescue. In addition, when solid foods only is introduced, cook 1-2 squash spoon agreed not every mom. As for Kas-the absolute convenience.

In General, and of industrial and domestic foods have advantages and disadvantages. The choice, as always, for your mom.


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