Carb-Heavy Baby Food Leading To Obesity?
Is there something about baby food that is making infants fat?
As I was reading this Cincinatti Post story about three of the world's largest health advocacy groups--World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics--putting out a warning call regarding rising obesity rates among babies, it reminded me of a recent e-mail I got from one of my readers that may help shed some light on why this is happening.
The e-mailer told me she hasn't heard anyone deal with this topic and it seems all too obvious to her now as someone who has been livin' la vida low-carb for a while now. It has to do with what we are feeding our babies. That's right, we're gonna talk about baby food today and how something about it may be contributing to the rise in childhood obesity rates.
My reader wrote this regarding baby food and formula:
"One of the first ingredients in almost every baby formula is corn syrup in some shape or form. It seems like everyone has been baffled about why bottle-fed babies are more likely to be overweight later in life and have diabetes, and the connection is so obvious to me now. It just screams for the world to know. Well, duh! We are addicting our bottle-fed babies to corn syrup long before they can make any choices. How rotten is that! I did it without even knowing it, as 99% of the population probably does as well."
Have you ever thought about this before? I don't have any kids yet, so this didn't immediately pop into my head. But it really does make sense when you stop to think about it.
Have you ever REALLY read those nutritional labels on the baby food and formula you are giving to your child? Or do you just trust companies like Gerber are giving your baby exactly what is needed to be healthy and strong?
The unfortunate thing is people who buy baby food in those distinctive jars may be depriving their little one of the essential nutrients he or she needs to grow up to be a strong kid and healthy adult. I'm no expert on this subject, but it seems the children who are breast-fed by their mothers tend to be less likely to become obese because they are not exposed to the carb-heavy baby food that is on our shelves today.
Don't believe me that today's baby food is unhealthy for your child? Just take a look at the macronutrient ratio on that jar the next time you go to the grocery store. What you will find is a TON of carbohydrates and very little protein and fat. It is not uncommon for the carb/protein/fat ratio to be around 85/10/5 or even worse. EEEEK!!! GO SEE FOR YOURSELF! It really will open your eyes. 8-O
Even worse is the ingredients list which contains so much corn syrup as my reader wisely noted in her e-mail to me. All of that sugar and the obvious lack of protein and fat which is sorely needed to help growing babies develop properly is one of the reasons why I think we have seen obesity among children and even babies become so bad.
Food companies have been steadily sneaking in sugar and its evil twin high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) into the vast majority of foods we eat for a long time now and it's starting to catch up to us with rising obesity and health problems. Even worse is the facade that feeding babies foods such as rice, fruit, veggies, etc. is healthy. IT IS NOT! Most of these foods are jam-packed with so many carbohydrates it makes those poor little babies start becoming addicted to carbohydrates long before they can even talk.
Additionally, the lack of protein and fat in these baby foods don't allow the baby to develop as well as he or she should because they aren't getting the essential building blocks that come from these macronutrients responsible for healthy brain function, strong bones, and muscle growth, too! And whatever you do, DON'T neglect the role of saturated fat in a baby's development because it plays a vital role in their brain health as well. And where are the omega-3s and omega-6s? Hmmm?
Essentially what you are doing if you are feeding your baby out of a jar is putting him or her on a low-fat, low-calorie diet that is sugar and carbohydrate-heavy--a far cry from the excellent nutrition provided by the mother's breast milk.
That's some food for thought to chew on today, especially if you have the thrill of a baby in your household or will soon be hearing the sweet sound of pitter-patter in your household. Enjoy that precious gift that God has given to you, but be aware that the food companies don't care if they are addicting your kids to sugar. They just don't as long as they are making a buck. Sadly, it's the same philosophy they take with adult food, too!
You have been fairly warned now.