Organic baby food justifies its higher price with words like “pesticide-free”, “free-range” and “no chemicals or preservatives.”
For example, a jar of Heinz mashed organic baby food found in NTUC Fairprice costs SGD$2.60 for 170g, while its organic range sells at $3.95 for the same amount. The latter contains “no preservatives, no added colours or artificial flavors and no added sugar.”
But is organic baby food really better?
Organic baby food is environmentally friendly – meats are from free-range animals, meaning they taste better. Pumpkins and tomatoes are grown in a non-controlled environment and come out plumper and juicier. It’d seem that organic food would be better for babies because of this but actually this isn’t always the case.
(Possibly) a weaker immune system
Dr. Jay Hoecker, a paediatrician trained at Washington University’s St. Louis Children’s Hospital, tells Mayo Clinic that feeding your baby organic food is not all a good thing. He explains that it can limit your little one’s exposure to preservatives and pesticides.
He claims that it’s crucial to expose your baby to such food substances at a time when his or her immune system is strengthening and learning to accept different kinds of foods. So sticking to purely organic foods isn’t actually better.