If you buy a baby food product with a name like Quinoa & Leeks with Chicken and expect those three foods to be the primary ingredients, you would be wrong. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, none of the three are in the top five ingredients, and one is ninth. The same problem applies to many other baby food products, according to CPSI.
This issue has concerned local company Sprout Organic for a long time, leading the company last year to launch a “real, honest and pure” campaign for its own baby foods: “real” because all Sprout products contain whole foods (no concentrates); “honest” because the product names precisely match the top three or four ingredients in the package in descending order (unlike products that list things like kale first even if it’s only a trace ingredient), and “Pure” their product is organic and GMO-free. It is the only brand that is unadulterated by sugar, salt, preservatives, acids, artificial colors or flavors, or thickeners like guar gum.
As a mom, the best part is that their products taste great, are nutritious, and my children enjoy them. My children have been enjoying Sprout Organic pouches since they first came on the market in 2008, around the time my oldest was first being introduced to baby food. I loved that Sprout Organic offered a wide variety of flavors and combinations, similar to what I would mix together at home, and not just the basic orange and green veggies (don’t worry – they have those too).
Today, my youngest still enjoys the Sprout Organic pouches for breakfast or a snack, and my older children like the fruit & veggie cereal snacks as well as the Morning Smoothie pouches.