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Foods not good for your babies health.

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Babies don't need many calories, but they do need lots of nutrients. Yet some foods commonly offered to babies are essentially junk food – high in calories, sugar, or salt, and low in nutrients.

Because babies are so small, it's easy for them to fill up quickly on the empty calories in junk food, leaving no room for nutrient-rich healthy foods. This nutritional deficit can even hinder development, says doctor and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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That's why it's important to know which foods are best for babies and which ones to avoid, including junk food and potential choking hazards. Here's my list of the worst food choices for babies.


Some babies are served soft drinks daily as early as 9 months of age, according to a 2008 survey of infant and toddler feeding habits. The same survey found that by 24 months, more than 10 percent of toddlers were drinking soda every day.

Whether regular or diet, soda provides absolutely no nutrients, and filling up on either type means babies eat and drink less of the nutritious food their bodies really need. Regular soda also contains loads of sugar, which can cause tooth decay.

Processed foods

People define 'processed' in different ways, but in general, the more the food is modified from what was originally caught, raised, or grown – and the longer the list of ingredients – the more processed it is.

"The more processed the food, the more nutritional value tends to go down, and the more the sugar, salt, and fat content goes up.

Meals made specifically for babies can be healthy and appropriate. The best prepared baby foods have few ingredients and no added salt, sugar, or modified food starch.

But ready-to-eat foods meant for older children and adults are definitely not good for babies. For example instead of serving your baby rice pudding, you can cook rice and blend it with carrots for the baby.

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Source: opera.com
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