Advantages & Disadvantages of Baby Food Diet

44Baby Food Diet caused a lot of fuss in Hollywood because there are so many celebrities using this kind of plan to attain their sexy body. That is why there are also many people all over the world trying this plan for them to be able to attain their own goal of having a sexy body.

Baby Food Diet plan basically consists of baby foods. We all know that baby foods are organic food because they are meant for babies. That means they are designed to help the babies attain their nutritional needs in just a single scoop. That is why, for just a little serving, you can get a lot of vitamins and minerals essential for your body. However, you need to learn the advantages and disadvantages of the said plan for you to be able to decide if this is the best diet plan for you.

These are the advantages of Baby Food Diet Plan:

Because they are mostly organic, you are sure that what you are eating is not detrimental to your body. You are assured that you will have vitamin packed foods and at the same time, they contain nutrients essential to your body. And the best thing that you can have is that they only contain a little amount of sugar and fats so you do not have to worry if you will gain weight!

The disadvantages of the plan is, because it is in a small container, your problem would be you will not be satisfied at all. And it will result to cravings and if you cannot discipline yourself, it might lead to a serious problem.

But no worry, Baby Food Diet Plan is effective if you will only do your part of disciplining yourself and the diet plan will do the rest!

Now you want to have more energy, be Healthier, look Younger, lose weight, and cleanse your body, right?

Treatment of Scurvy

43Scurvy (N.Lat scorbutus) is a deficiency disease, caused by lack of vitamin C, which is required for collagen (an element of normal tissues) synthesis in humans. The chemical name of vitamin C is ascorbic acid, which is derived from the Latin name of scurvy, scorbutus.

Vitamin C is found mainly in fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruits such as oranges, olives, lemon, sweet lemon. Reduction in intake of Vitamin C rich food products, leads to scurvy.

History of the disease:

Scurvy historically affected mostly those nations, which were dependent more on military power. During military campaigns and long ocean voyages, food consumed by the ship crewmembers largely lacked in fresh fruits and vegetables, thus causing inadequacy of Vitamin C and leading to outbreak of scurvy epidemics.

The first clue to the treatment of scurvy occurred during Jacques Cartier’s arrival in Newfoundland in 1536, when he was advised by the native Indians to give his crewmembers, who were dying from this epidemic, a potion made from spruce tree needles. The foliage, rich in vitamin C, cured most members of Cartier’s crew.

What are the symptoms of scurvy?

Symptoms of Scurvy include one or any of the following –

o Swollen, blackened and bleeding gums with loosened teeth.

o Soreness and stiffness of the joints and lower extremities

o Bleeding under the skin and in deep tissues

o Anaemia

o Wounds that don’t heal, and scar tissue from old wounds dissolve causing reopening of wounds

o Tiredness and weakness, along with muscle cramps

o Appearance of tiny red blood-blisters to large purplish blemishes on the skin of the legs.

Who are more at risk of contracting Scurvy?

Scurvy is common in persons who follow a very restricted diet especially lacking in ascorbic acid, or who are under extreme physiological stress or are chronic alcoholics. Infants can also develop scurvy if they are devoid of mother’s milk, and switched to top-up milk, without providing sufficient Vitamin C supplements. Babies of mothers who take extremely high doses of vitamin C during pregnancy may also develop infantile scurvy.

Treatment for Scurvy:

Increase in intake of fresh vegetables and fruits, especially citrus fruits are necessary to treat scurvy. Additionally, adults need to consume around 300-1,000 mg of ascorbic acid per day and 50mg/day in case of infants to effectively treat the disease.

Since the body does not produce vitamin C, it must be obtained from fruits and vegetables. Some excellent sources of vitamin C are oranges, olives, guava, green peppers, watermelon, papaya, strawberry, kiwi fruit, mango, honey, mango powder, broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, and citrus juices or juices fortified with Vitamin C.

Amla or the Indian gooseberry is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C, whether fresh or the dried, powdered form.

Raw and cooked leafy greens (turnip, spinach), red and green peppers, fresh tomatoes, potatoes, pineapple are also rich sources of Vitamin C.

Vitamin C is sensitive to light, air, and heat, so it is best to eat fruits and vegetables raw, or minimally cooked in order to retain their full vitamin C content.

Treatment of Scurvy with vitamin C is usually successful, if the deficiency is recognized early enough. If left untreated, the condition can even cause death.

Preventive diet for Scurvy:

For Infants –

The most important factor in the prevention and treatment of scurvy is proper feeding of mother’s milk, atleast for the initial six months. After birth, all children should preferable be breast-fed because it is pure and fresh and contains most of the nutrients necessary for the growth and development of the baby. If, for any reason, it is not possible to breast-feed the baby, then cow’s milk or commercially available milk should be supplemented with vitamin C.

For Adults

A well balanced diet plays an important role in the prevention and treatment of scurvy in adults. The patient should take a well-balanced diet consisting of grains, seeds, nuts, fresh vegetables and fruit. This diet should always be supplemented with milk, eggs, fruits and honey.

Recommended Vitamin C intake:

Scurvy is rare in countries where intake of fresh fruits and vegetables is more. The Vitamin C present in them acts as important antioxidant, thus enhancing the development of connective tissues, lipid and vitamin metabolism, immune function and wound healing.

Currently, the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is

o For adults: 50-60 mg/day;

o For infants: 35 mg/day;

o For pregnant women: 100 mg/day

o Lactating mothers: 150 mg/day

However, requirement for vitamin C increases when a person is under stress, smoking, or under some medication.

Although rare, but scurvy remains a malaise condition that is still prevalent in the pediatric population, especially among certain groups with unusual eating habits. A heightened awareness towards intake of Vitamin C rich foods is required to prevent a potentially fatal, but easily curable disease.
Thus, take the suggestion – “An orange a day keeps scurvy away.”

Baby Can’t Poop? Try Chayote Puree

42My baby’s favorite puree is made of chayote.

Are you having visions of the Road Runner and Wiley E. Coyote, wondering how I got my hands on coyote meat? Let me say up front that, no, I didn’t misspell “coyote”!

Chayote is a green vegetable that looks somewhat like a pear. The bottom reminds me of the way a mouth with no teeth puckered. I have only seen chayote in the supermarket, and imagined it grows on trees. I even caught myself humming “…and a partridge and a pear tree..” while making my selection in the produce aisle.

I was completely wrong about the tree. Chayote is part of the gourd family, like squash, zucchini, and pumpkin…which brings visions of Charlie Brown calling out to the Great Chayote. Except that chayote is much smaller than a pumpkin, and would not work for carving at Halloween.

It can be eaten raw, but I have always boiled it. The root, stem, seed, and leaves are all edible. I have eaten the soft, flat, cooked seed, which tastes pretty good. One important tip to maximize your enjoyment of the chayote is to cut away the puckered part at the bottom, because it is has a stringy, fibrous quality that extends into the vegetable. I think this is where the seed is preparing to sprout.

To prepare as a baby puree, boil the chayote. After boiling, peel the skin. Then put your knife along the puckered bottom and cut through to the top. You’ll go right through the soft seed. Cut away the stringy part. Cut it in large chunks. Blend. Yummy!

The puree has a consistency similar to applesauce, but perhaps more watery. You can also add a smaller quantity of green zucchini, carrots, butternut squash, etc. Test different proportions to see what your baby likes.

Are you wondering how I came up with the idea to feed chayote to my baby? Well, it wasn’t my idea. It was my husband’s. He is from Mexico and this is one of the first foods that they feed babies there.

Chayote is a good source of amino acids and vitamin C, as well as niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin K, zinc, copper and manganese.

After 7 months of breastfeeding, I started out following doctor’s orders. I gave the baby rice cereal as his first solid food, three times a day. The result was that he became constipated. After four days without a poopie diaper (which was unheard of for him), we ditched the rice cereal and went for the chayote. Once his poopie diapers came back, we gave him cereal again, but changed to oatmeal instead of the rice.

Now the baby is 10 months old and eating a wider variety of solid foods, while continuing to breastfeed. Whenever he shows signs of difficult straining to poop, or when his stools look hard and he has a sore red bottom, I again go back to chayote puree. The baby still eats it with enthusiasm, and it works every time.

Michele Camacho, named “Marvelous Michele” by clients and colleagues, does ghostwriting, coaching, and “tailored transcripts”. She is deeply in love with her child, and passionate about improving her proficiency in Spanish.

Organic Baby Food

41The nasty components of some Organic Baby Foods that food manufacturer’s don’t want you to know!

Most Organic Baby Foods are fantastic, made by ethical, sustainable & considerate companies.

Others are large corporations simply aiming to get a piece of the “Organic pie” – although they may still scrape under the regulations and call themselves “Organic baby food” some of them are no good for your baby and not much better than the non organic varieties.

Read through the below tips to help you tell the good brands from the bad!

Is it certified organic?

Many brands put the word ‘organic’ somewhere on their label without any regulation or being truly organic. Only trust brands which have a say “certified organic” & have a logo somewhere on their label. In the USA the main certifier logo is the USDA but there are many others Packaging – What is it made of?

  • Is it plastic? If so, make sure it is BPA Free.
  • NEVER heat anything made from plastic (even if it says microwave safe!) as heat causes all sorts of dangerous toxins to leach out of all plastics and into the food. (Especially in the microwave)
  • If you need to heat this item, empty the contents into a glass, ceramic or stainless steel container.
  • Is it recyclable? Try always to buy food in packaging that can be recycled – and remember to recycle it! every little jar counts!
  • How much packaging is used? Don’t support companies that don’t care about our environment and who use multiple levels of packaging. For example, a jar, inside a cardboard box then wrapped in plastic. Instead choose to support a company who uses only 1 level of packaging.

Filler ingredients – what other ingredients are in this item?

Baby food really should be only 1 ingredient – the food you are feeding your baby! (And maybe a little breast milk to make a runnier consistency for newbies)

However, when you buy any premade, packaged foods (organic or not), some other ingredients are needed such as preservatives to maintain quality and thickeners/stabilizers to ensure a good consistency.

The percentage of the main ingredient will determine how good this food is and how ethical the company supplying it is.

Do not buy any baby foods that do not have the main ingredient at the first thing in the ingredient list, or that have lots of other ingredients as well as the main one.

For example, green bean puree ingredients should read: green beans, water. And maybe a little citric acid (lemon juice) or vitamin c.

The bottom line is the less ingredients – the better, more pure and closer to nature this food will be!

Preservation method – Fresh or frozen?

Frozen foods are ALWAYS best. They contain fewer (if any) preservatives as the freezing is the preservation method. They are also more nutritious as they have been frozen quickly after harvest or preparation, thus locking in the goodness.

Room temperature foods in pouches or jars are not very fresh or nutritious. They either have preservatives in them (organic baby foods will have natural preservatives). Or if there are “no preservatives”, the food has been heat treated to kill bacteria and seal the jar or pouch which raises a few issues;

  • The chemicals in the packaging can leach into the food during the heating process.
  • Heating foods also kills vitamins and minerals and nutrition levels! So your food may be “safe”, has no bacteria and has a long shelf life – but all the goodness of eating fresh, organic baby food is killed! And nutrition levels keep dropping the longer it has been sitting on the shelf.

The bottom line – buy frozen organic baby food or make your own from the freshest local produce you can find.

Additives like DHA etc

Many baby foods and formulas now contain extra additives – which may sound like they are good for you – but think twice before believing the marketing hype!

Anything which says “fortified”, “enriched”, “supplemented” or “added nutrition” etc should be treated with caution, things such as DHA or ARA (a synthetic version of Omega 3 fatty acid), Iron, Vitamin C, or anything similar are needed in a diet of a child, but if you are breastfeeding (which the AAP recommends until the age of 12 months) then your baby should be getting all of these things from you.

And if you are feeding your baby a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables, they will be getting much of their iron and vitamin needs from those foods.

If your baby is formula fed, they may be missing out on some essential fatty acids which is why many baby formula brands are fortified with DHA & ARA.

The company as a whole

While this may not affect the actual quality of the food, I like to access the company who provides each product to decide whether I want to support them with my money. I look at things like –

Are they are large or small company?

I prefer to support smaller companies as they tend to be more ethical, sustainable and local and I feel good knowing I am supporting a family.

Are they a local or international company?

I prefer to support companies who are from my own country – thus creating jobs for my own community.

What other products do they sell?

Do they sell only certified organic and other healthy products? Or are they a big company who makes non organic baby food and has decided to make an organic version of it?

I tend not to support this kind of company because in my opinion they probably started making organic baby food for the money and market share and not because they truly believe in it.
What kind of marketing do they use?

Does this company make sugary or salty “junk” foods as well and still tell the consumers they are healthy?

Breakfast foods are the worst kind of foods for this – many, many cereals and breakfast items are marketed as “healthy” but common sense and a quick look at the ingredients for sugar & salt levels will tell you otherwise.

I prefer not to support a company who misleads their consumers in this way.

Amy Garrow is an Organic Food Researcher, Alternative Health Nut & Mom. She is also author of a new ebook “Organic Baby Food: The Buyer’s Guide”. Her passions include, health foods and alternative cosmetics, great food, friends & most importantly – family.

Essential Sources of Nutrition

124Milk is the best source of calcium and many other essential minerals and vitamins like Vitamin D, Vitamin A and Vitamin B12 along with folic acid. It is considered a wholesome diet that is beneficial for the growth of healthy bones and teeth in children. It also proves to be fruitful to adults as it prevents breakage of bones and other injuries. There are a number of milk products that can be consumed to maintain a healthy life style.

Variety of Milk Products

Today milk is also used to manufacture a variety of other products like cosmetics, baby products and so forth. Some of the most commonly used milk products include:

  • Dairy products: These include products made from the milk of cow, goat and buffaloes. An array of dairy products is available in the market today. Ranging from ordinary milk to pasteurized and homogenised milk, the list is endless which also includes ice-creams, cottage cheese, butter, plain cheese, curd, yogurt, whipped cream, custards and sour cream. A variety of cheeses is also made from cow’s milk such as Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, Parmesan and so forth. There are many kinds of milk like flavoured, Vitaminized, Homogenised, and Acidophilus milk.
  • Baby products: A wide variety of baby products contain milk as it helps to keep the skin soft and moisturized. Baby soap, creams and lotions include milk products enriched in vitamin D. Baby formulas also contain milk as it is essential for the growth and development of babies. In addition to cow’s milk, goat milk is also used in baby formulas as it is a rich source of calcium.
  • Cosmetics: Most of the beauty products contain milk products essential for beautifying the skin. Several skin creams, soaps and shampoos contain milk to enrich the skin and hair. Both goat and camel milk contain substances which are beneficial for the skin.
  • Sweets and other items: Milk products are also used to make sweets especially Indian sweets. There are quite a variety of sweets which are made purely from milk. Cakes, chocolates and baked products also contain dairy products in sufficient quantities.

Other Milk Products Found Online

In addition to the above products, a variety of other dairy products can be bought online from milk product manufacturers which include:

  • Evaporated Milk: This is one of the most common forms of milk that is used in many homes when fresh milk is unavailable. It is available in both skimmed and whole fat milk. Skimmed milk is healthier as it contains lesser amount of fat and is a rich source of Vitamin D and A. It is used for cooking dishes like sweets with low fat content.
  • Condensed Milk: Rich in calories, the sugared condensed milk is one of the best canned products available that is used for puddings, ice-creams and other sweet dishes.
  • Dried Milk powder: This is another dairy product which is absolutely fat free but contains calcium and other vitamins.

There is a plethora of milk products which can be purchased in bulks or in retail form from the online web portals at different prices.