We have a 6-month old so I’ve been thinking about baby foods extra much recently. This is an interesting new study showing that there is a correlation between feeding babies fresh and unprocessed foods and fewer food allergies when they are older.
The researchers found that babies without food allergies scored higher than babies with allergies on a diet that was rich in healthy, often homemade, foods – including fruits, vegetables, poultry and fish – and scant on processed foods such as pre-made meals, potato chips, cook-in sauces and bacon.
“The analysis showed that the infants who were having more fruits and vegetables and less commercially produced baby foods and also less adult foods were the ones who were less likely to develop an allergy by the time they were two,” Grimshaw said.
“It’s not that they didn’t have commercially-made baby foods, it’s just that they did not have them predominantly in their diet,” she added.
The statement below was also in the study, which is something that I’ve been trying to emphasize to parents recently, and that after 6-months the only food that needs to be avoided until a year-old is raw honey…
there is no evidence that avoiding allergenic foods, such as nuts, fish and eggs is beneficial in preventing food allergies.
For a summary of the whole article click here.
A great resource for information about introducing foods is the website wholesomebabyfood.com