12 Facts About Baby food


Baby food is any soft easily consumed food other than breastmilk or infant formula that is made specifically for human babies between four and six months and two years old.

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Baby food can be given when the child is developmentally ready to eat.

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In Canada sodium content in infant Baby food is regulated; strained fruit, fruit juice, fruit drink, and cereal cannot be sold if sodium has been added.

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Babies begin eating liquid style baby food consisting of pureed vegetables and fruits, sometimes mixed with rice cereal and formula, or breastmilk.

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Homemade Baby food is appropriate only when the family has a sufficient and varied diet, as well as access to refrigeration and basic sanitation.

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Homemade food requires more preparation time than simply opening a jar or box of ready-to-eat commercial baby food.

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Some commercial baby food companies have expanded their lines to produce specialty foods for toddlers from the age of about 12 months to two and a half years old.

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An infant's first bite of solid Baby food is ceremonial and holds religious importance in many cultures.

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The first precooked dried baby food was Pablum which was originally made for sick children in the 1930s.

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The demand from parents for organic Baby food began to grow in the 1960s; since then, many larger commercial manufacturers have introduced organic lines of infant Baby food.

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In China and other east Asian countries, homemade baby food remains common, and babies are started on rice porridge called xifan, then move on to mashed fruits, soft vegetables, tofu and fish.

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In 1984 and 1986, Gerber was involved in a scandal over glass baby food jars breaking in transit, which dramatically affected its sales and profitability, although the US Food and Drug Administration later concluded that the company was not at fault.

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