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Even Mainstream moms would be a gast!<br>
Gerber baby food has sugar in it, added sugar! 1 jar of Fruit Medley has 130 calories and 21 grams of SUGAR, not all from natural sources either.<br>
#1 Gerber is now Nestle, through the merger/ buy out.<br>
But for those who are not interested in BoyCott, how about just reading the labels of your jars. Most Mainstream moms I know are still very concerned about sugar content (granted some give Splenda instead - so not good, but at least they have some idea that white sugar is bad).<br>
A long long time ago, Beech Nut was the "bad" baby food b/c they were "caught" adding tapicoa starch and fillers and I believe sugar to their baby foods making them less that the label indicated. This was around the time of my first, I think or earlier.<br>
I gave him a lot of Gerber foods, I was young...<br>
My 2nd and 3rd child ate from our plates, I bought a few "organic" baby foods or a jar or two of a mainstream brand for traveling out of convience, but in total I had like 1 bag of jars to take to the recycle center.<br>
Now comes baby #4 and I'm beat, I'm worn out, there is no making of baby food this time, he gags on real bananas no matter how finely they are mashed, so, we're into jars. Our GI specialist said that Beech Nut had Gluten Free baby foods, more than the other brands. I was very puzzled by this statement until I looked at a few jars of Gerber b/c I had a coupon. Wheat starch was in them, wheat flour, etc. Wheat is on the do not feed to infants under 1 year old list that Nestle puts out and sends in the mail to the unfortunate who end up on a list somewhere (as I did, but I was pleased to see the new do not feed list and that it included wheat of all things). So I guess Nestle corp and Gerber Corp have not sat down to compare notes yet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
So, all that to say, spread the word, read labels, and if you have time write to Gerber and tell them adding sugar to baby food is just WRONG WRONG WRONG. Beech Nut does not, their Banana Apple Yogurt or "custard" are all natural sugars from fruit, Gerber adds sugar.<br>
I just can't belive it, our kids are bombarded by sugar everywhere starting as infants. FF infants get it sooner b/c every powder formula even the prescriptions are Corn Syrup Solids - GMOs I'm sure, other than organic which does not make hypoallergenic formulas. We use it as a fortifier for #4, he was FTT and still recovering.<br>
And for those concerned about iron in rice cereal. I found Hot Creamy Rice for adults that is perfect for baby, no iron. My baby has to learn to like rice, so he might as well start young, he's Celiac. And bfing mom is GF and DF.
 

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I have a jar of Gerber 1st foods: Carrots that my mother bought dd right in front of me. Ingredients: Carrots and water. Are they not listing all of the ingredients or are you talking about just the deserts?
 

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its mostly jsut the desserts.... it bothered me when i worked at a daycare... like the hawaiian delight is pineapple juice, starch and sugar..... it really sucks...<br><br>
alot of the "dinners" and stuff have fillers added to them too... if its a one ingrediant food though, youre usually ok
 

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My baby eats some jar food but I have never undestood the need <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: for a dessert baby food? WTH??
 

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oh and for kids with allergies..don't do gerber!! most of all their products, even the fruit have traces of soy or dairy in them!! cross contamination or something.
 

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I have a baby with food protein intolerances, he is Celiac. The Pedi GI told me Beech Nut was better, but I didn't quite get why. I do now. You know I called Gerber and the rep was puzzled why the Pedi would tell me that, she must not know that there are so many fillers in Gerber 2nd and 3rd foods.<br>
Yes, the majority of the problems are with multi-ingredient foods and not singles.<br>
But I have noticed Beech Nut Fruit Medley does not have sugar or fillers, but Gerber calls it <i>Dessert</i> and adds sugar. Beech Nut's Custard again is no sugar, Gerbers Yogurt does.<br>
And the big one for us is Wheat, Barley, Rye and Oats. Gerber's stage 3 dinners and stage 2 had wheat starch in them often, or at least the ones I looked at. Beech Nut Chicken Noodle is rice based, not wheat -- yeah for them!!! And for me.<br>
It just <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: me. I don't expect even in a "dessert" for a baby food to be filled with sugar or fillers. Gerber is setting kids up for a life of sugar cravings, obesity, and diabetes. Nestle can have them...:nana: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/FIREdevil.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="devil"><br>
I personally like to expose my kids to new taste and pineapples, mangos, winter squash, sweet potatos, are often just not available all seasons all year long. My mother is extremely picky about food, she will not each cheese (as in not even in a cassarole or salad, none), her mom ate no cheese, she fed it to us along with other things she didn't like to expose us to the taste so we would not be like her. I appauld her effort, my sis and I both ate cheese, not so much anymore, we eat onions, exotic fruits, etc. And we are not afraid to taste new things either. It all starts young, very young. My 7 mo old already prefers bananas to pears and especially to green beans, although he eats them, just not as excited about them.<br>
Since he is no long displaying problems with the dairy I take (which is raw and very little), I decided to have him try a milk containing Beech Nut food, he loved it and he was fine. (and that is typical Celiacs can not tolerate milk until the gut heals with the removal of gluten - yeah, he can have raw milk sometime in his life)
 

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Even if you do feed purees, it would seem to me that if your kid is old enough to handle multiple ingredients, they are old enough to eat what the rest of the family is eating, for the most part.<br><br>
Those "dinners" just strike me as extremely gross. I mean, why feed up chicken and rice "dinner," when a 9 month old can eat actual chicken and rice just fine.
 

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Sensory Disorders, food adversions to texture come to mind... I have 1 child with this (not the baby as far as I can tell thus far).<br>
Convenience for some.<br>
I buy the single ingredients and serve that after offering what we had for dinner, my 7 1/2 mo old sits at the table, plays with rice and eats nibbles of meat I break off with my fingers. Our veggies are too hard and stringy just yet for him.<br>
I find it interesting, he will eat rice, but gags on bananas, too slippery I guess. He happens to like his food a little thicker than the jars which is fine b/c I have to fortify everything he eats with food fortifier. I also give a bite w enzymes and at the end of the meal another supplement called Lactic Acid Yeast. {the first week on the Lactic Acid Yeast and Enzymes, he gained 10oz, this is a good thing, he is FTT}<br>
I do buy the "dinners" and something like fruit or yogurt specificaly for soccer nights when I'm running, literally running to get everyone ready. It's less for me to carry with me to grab 1 jar or 2 off the shelf for the diaper bag and get out the door, then I feed him dinner while watching the others play soccer.<br>
Plus having a Celiac, finding things like Chicken and Noodle made with rice noodles is awesome, even if it grosses some out. For me to make chicken and noodles with rice noodles and have it taste even as good as the jarred baby food is a task I have yet to master - rice noodles are just not that tasty.
 

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I have never bought any of the combos that even look like dessert - I knew they had sugar added. I think it is wrong for baby food to be even in a dessert form but I guess there is a market.<br><br>
Not to pick a beef. but I see this a lot on these boards - this 'mainstream' mom (I am not exactly AP), believe it or not, reads labels. Amazing, I care about my kids' health and my health, and am (somewhat) intelligent. Shocking to some on these boards based on the stereotypes presented in posts.<br><br>
We all have to be careful on how we use 'mainstream' or non-AP parenting - it isn't bad, it is just different. There are bad parents out there, I agree - they could be APing or they may be simply lumped as mainstream, but there is a difference.<br><br>
Sorry - this thread got me finally.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have never bought any of the combos that even look like dessert - I knew they had sugar added. I think it is wrong for baby food to be even in a dessert form but I guess there is a market.<br><br>
Not to pick a beef. but I see this a lot on these boards - this 'mainstream' mom (I am not exactly AP), believe it or not, reads labels. Amazing, I care about my kids' health and my health, and am (somewhat) intelligent. Shocking to some on these boards based on the stereotypes presented in posts.<br><br>
We all have to be careful on how we use 'mainstream' or non-AP parenting - it isn't bad, it is just different. There are bad parents out there, I agree - they could be APing or they may be simply lumped as mainstream, but there is a difference.<br><br>
Sorry - this thread got me finally.</div>
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I use Earth's Best baby foods when I give her baby food, is that bad? only thing besides the actual food and water is ascorbic acid is that bad?
 

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I think I'm more worried about the alleged chemicals that they say leach during the canning/jarring process than the sugar and fillers. I believe it was environmental working group that did a study... My first son LIVED on jarred baby food, mostly organic, but now I'm just trying to mash up whatever food we cook for DD.
 

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Those "dinners" just strike me as extremely gross. I mean, why feed up chicken and rice "dinner," when a 9 month old can eat actual chicken and rice just fine.</div>
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This is so funny, because we traveling last week and ran out of fresh bananas and other finger food for my 8 month old. DH pops into a convenience store to get something to satisfy DS and comes out with apple and pear stage 1 jars. I ask "Is that all they had?" He says: "Well, they had chicken and rice dinner but that reminded me too much of dog food." Me: "Well maybe it would help give him bright eyes and a shiny coat." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"><br><br>
Seriously though, I was also disgusted to see so many sugary baby foods on the market. I use some purees for convenience but read labels carefully and stick to the ones that are pure sweet potato, vegetables, or fruit.
 

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We started out only letting DD self feed. However, she has quite the appetite and wants more than she can feed herself. So we have started doing some purees after she has fed herself. I found these and they are awesome! I got ours at Whole Foods.<br><br><a href="http://www.happybabyfood.com/" target="_blank">http://www.happybabyfood.com/</a><br><br>
So now she breastfeeds, self-feeds, eats purees, and then breastfeeds again. She loves her food!
 

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Anyone know what happened to Heinz baby foods? Am I that old...<br><br>
Frozen baby food is great for home, but does not do much for taking something along for later w/o a cooler, a way to finish thawing it, a dish, etc.<br><br>
I've seen that before and thought it was interesting. I certainly don't have the time to make baby food or purees as I did with only 2 or 3 children. I have to make so many things from scratch (GF bread, GF soup, GF well cookies, etc if you want them to taste good) that I need a break somewhere in life.
 

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Just skimmed posts, but I have 2 points.<br><br>
-I agree with AnnD. I am probably the crunchiest person most of my friends and all of my family know, but I am still not crunchy compared to most. Why do we have to label and give negative connotations to anything? It really isn't necessary. Sorry, but it offended me, too.<br><br>
-Also, a ton of baby foods have extra salt in them. That bothers me a lot considering the amount of salt certain family members put on their food. I really don’t want to introduce that bad habit early. Yes, I know salt is needed, but not that early. Veggies taste great all by themselves.
 

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1) Nestle owns them now.<br><br>
2) Why feed your normal, healthy baby processed food? Why not just feed them what you eat?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have never bought any of the combos that even look like dessert - I knew they had sugar added. I think it is wrong for baby food to be even in a dessert form but I guess there is a market.<br><br>
Not to pick a beef. but I see this a lot on these boards - this 'mainstream' mom (I am not exactly AP), believe it or not, reads labels. Amazing, I care about my kids' health and my health, and am (somewhat) intelligent. Shocking to some on these boards based on the stereotypes presented in posts.<br><br>
We all have to be careful on how we use 'mainstream' or non-AP parenting - it isn't bad, it is just different. There are bad parents out there, I agree - they could be APing or they may be simply lumped as mainstream, but there is a difference.<br><br>
Sorry - this thread got me finally.</div>
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I'm pretty mainstream, and I read labels. I just read the labels, and bought the sutff with no sugar/salt added. I found Beechnut was the best, altho I liked Heinz too.
 

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You know, I said it this way to be all inclusive, not to be offensive. Almost every mom I know cares about sugar content in their kids foods. Whether that mom chooses a "crunch" life style or not, most of us moms have been made aware that additives in our kids food is bad.<br>
I'm not really even sure what defines "mainstream" anymore... So I wrote it as a way to be all inclusive and not leave any mother out.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Most Mainstream moms I know are still very concerned about sugar content (granted some give Splenda instead - so not good, but at least they have some idea that white sugar is bad).</div>
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Artificial sweeteners? Oi.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 
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