How to Make Sure Your Baby's Jar Food Is Really Food!

Christie Haskell
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Baby food -- or really the jars they try to sell as baby food ... have you ever really read the labels on some of that stuff? It can be hard to tell what's in one of those little jars, which sometimes have ingredients you'd never give your baby. Some even have more water than actual food. Others have more sugar than a cookie.

I'm not making this stuff up. Fortunately, there's a totally easy way to find out. The Good Guide has branched out into its own website dedicated just to baby foods called Baby Food Ratings.

Baby Food Ratings works much like the cosmetics database, which rates adult and baby bath and skin products. All the products Baby Food Ratings has rated (452 so far!) are judged on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being healthiest. Not only does each food have a number next to it, but clicking on the rating will show you every single ingredient in that food, and also why it got the rating it did. This is super handy to check out before you go shopping.

For example, Earth's Best 2nd Foods 'Pear & Raspberies' baby food scored a 10. With all of four ingredients (pear, raspberry, vitamin C, and citric acid), it's already ahead of the pack. It's also GMO-ingredient free, has no added salt or sweeteners, and is certified organic.

One of the foods at the bottom of the pack has a rating of 2.0 for having tons of non-natural ingredients and chemicals that are either not very nutritional or have been considered potentially hazardous. It also has water as the first of 24 ingredients (some of which have multiple ingredients themselves), has added salts and sugars, and uses genetically-modified ingredients. Do you want to feed your baby any of that?

For those who don't want to do baby-led solids or make their own, at least knowing that what's in the jar is as healthy as you can find is a good step. Now, it can't help with the stuff that's not supposed to be in there at all, like the lead discoveries made last year, but it's better than nothing, right?

How does your baby food rate?

 

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