Visiting the baby food aisle at your local grocery store can send parents into a bewildered daze. With so many brands, flavours and types of foods to choose, it can be difficult to know which food is best for your child. Good Guide, an online guide to the "health, environmental, and social impacts of consumer products" and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a non-partisan consumer research and advocacy organisation, provide rankings of baby food brands based on criteria including nutritional value and environmental impact.
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Good Guides offers an online guide that includes rankings and evaluations of more than 640 baby food products. Of these, the highest rated brand was Homemade Baby. Homemade Baby's food is all organic, gluten-free and kosher and is not jarred or frozen. The brand offers smooth foods for six- to eight-month-olds, mushy foods for nine- to 12-month-olds and chunky selections for toddlers. Flavours include roasted squash, apples, pears, kiwi and green beans. Homemade Baby food is sold in the chilled dairy section of natural food retailers, such as Whole Foods, Kings and Schnucks.
10335 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Tasty Baby foods came in second on the Good Guides list. Tasty Baby offers a line of frozen, organic foods in three stages: extra smooth, smooth and chunky. Flavour choices include Corn in the USA, Life's A Peach and Squash 'Em. The foods are blast frozen and sold in the freezer section of main stream and natural food stores such as Kroegers and Sprouts.
Tasty Brand, Inc.
24003 Ventura Blvd
Bldg. A, Ste. 218
Calabasas, CA 91302
The Center for Science in the Public Interest evaluated popular brands of baby foods, including Gerbers, Heinz, Earth's Best and Beech-Nut. According to the Center's report, Earth's Best did not use starchy fillers or "replace real food with water and thickening agents in many of their products for children over six months of age. Such adulterated products are nutritionally inferior to products made with more fruits and vegetables." Earth's Best uses certified organic products. The brand offers single-ingredient, smooth foods for infants over four months; fruit, vegetable, grain and meat blends for babies over six months; and a variety of chunky soups, dinners and vegetable medleys for children over nine months old. Earth's Best products are sold at supermarkets, natural food stores and big box stores nationwide.
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
4600 Sleepytime Dr.
Boulder, CO 80301
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