So your little bundle of joy has sprouted his or her’s first tooth, how exciting! Soon the solid foods will start. But what should you give your baby? Since babies absorb chemicals into their system easily you must avoid them. But chemicals in my food? Yes our food is filled with all types of pesticides, herbicides and of course GMO’s. So what should you do? First stick to feeding your little one Organic foods. Second try to make their food yourself as that way you will know exactly what they are eating. Start with easy things like sweet potatoes baked in the oven and then mush up with some pure water. Pears are also a great first food, just cook on the stove top with some water until it gets mushy and then cool it down and puree. You want to stay away from the main GM crops. Click here to visit the Non GMO Project website to learn more about GMO’s.
Here is a of GMO foods as listed on the Non GMO Project website:
“High-Risk Crops (in commercial production; ingredients derived from these must be tested every time prior to use in Non-GMO Project Verified products (as of December 2011):
- Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
- Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
- Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
- Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
- Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)
Listed in Appendix B of the Non-GMO Project Standard are a number of high-risk inputs, including those derived from GMO microorganisms, the above crops or animals fed these crops or their derivatives.
Monitored Crops (those for which suspected or known incidents of contamination have occurred, and those crops which have genetically modified relatives in commercial production with which cross-pollination is possible; we test regularly to assess risk, and move to “High-Risk” category for ongoing testing if we see contamination):
- Beta vulgaris (e.g., chard, table beets)
- Brassica napa (e.g., rutabaga, Siberian kale)
- Brassica rapa (e.g., bok choy, mizuna, Chinese cabbage, turnip, rapini, tatsoi)
- Cucurbita (acorn squash, delicata squash, patty pan)
Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops
Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.”
Please keep in min that dairy also contains GMO’s since the cows are feed genetically modified corn. So always buy organic milk and formula!
We all live busy lives and don’t always get a chance to cook every meal, so here are some baby foods you might want to try:
Or if you want to make your own food and put in pouches this is a good option as well: