'Paleo' Baby Food Exists & It May Do More Harm Than Good

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Fad diets have been a thing for a very long time. In the '80s we had the Beverly Hills diet, in the early '00s we had the South Beach Diet, and now everyone's really into paleo. The paleo diet encourages people to eat like "cavemen" by consuming as few carbs as possible. That means essentially eating a diet only consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, nuts, and very little else. This diet is a hard feat even for some adults, but pretty soon, paleo eaters will be able to get their babies on the bandwagon. 

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Created by two paleo-diet followers, Serenity Kids seeks to offer a way for parents to allow their kids to take on the diet with the help of paleo baby food.

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The baby food's creators, Serenity Heegel and her fiancé, Joe Carr, say they found that there were zero options for paleo-friendly baby foods. "I just couldn't believe that nothing existed that would be something I would want to feed my own baby," Heegel told Food Navigator.

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The company is launching with three different pureed baby food options. One is chicken based, one is beef based, and the other is bacon based. All of them are filled with meat and vegetables that are certified organic and very high in fat content. 

For now, all four of the brand's products are available for pre-order on its site. A six-pack of 4-ounce pouches sells for $26.95. According to Serenity, the company has already pre-sold 400 cases as of early August.

By cutting out almost everything but foods that our paleolithic ancestors ate, the paleo diet is supposed to improve your health. Processed foods are a definite no-no when it comes to sticking to the diet, but so are things like dairy. Experts are still split on whether or not the paleo diet is really as beneficial as people say, but most do agree that adults can sustain themselves relatively healthily when following it. 

Kids, though, are a completely different story. 

There's no denying that most of the foods marketed toward our kids are super unhealthy and way overprocessed. From salty potato chips to juice filled with sugar, many parents are searching for ways to steer their children away from bad foods and offer them something better. But according to many doctors, the paleo diet may not be suitable for children.

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The restrictive boundaries set by the paleo diet don't always align with children's nutritional needs. And, according to a Food & Nutrition article by Angela Lemond -- who is a spokesperson for the academy of Nutrition and Dietetics -- babies 6 to 12 month old need a diet of about 60 percent carbohydrates to fuel their growth and development. The almost complete lack of carbohydrates, the risk for low levels of vitamin A, and the extreme amounts of protein present in the paleo diet can even stunt babies' growth.

It makes complete sense for parents to want their kids to be healthier. There's absolutely nothing wrong with feeding them organic snacks, buying special foods, and even making baby food at home. But, before you opt for a bacon-based puree in the name of a fad diet, it's probably a good idea to talk with your doctor.

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