Buying organic baby food, what to pay attention to?

28-06-2019
Buying organic baby food, what to pay attention to?

Consumer increasingly buy organic food: in 2016, the expenditure on organic products increased by 10%.

Organic baby food is also on the rise. According to research by the Dutch Rabobank, organic baby food is one of the product categories with the largest market share in organic product. It also has many benefits for your child. What aspects to pay attention to in order to buy the best baby food for your baby?

Ingredients

Organic bottle-based foods must consist of at least 95% organic ingredients. This means:
• Chemical pesticides or artificial fertilizer may not be used;
• The cows must graze the meadows for at least 120 days a year;
• If the weather is not suitable for outdoor use, the cows must be in a spacious barn and only be given organic food.

In organic infant nutrition, several ingredients are organic and artificial fragrances, colors and flavors are not being used. Genetically modified ingredients and preservatives are also not included in organic bottle feeding. Besides the fact that the origin of the milk is organic, there are also ingredients that can be organic or sustainable.

DHA: since 2016, all bottle foods must contain DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that is good for the heart, blood pressure and brain. Fish oil is often used as a source of DHA, but it is also possible to use sustainably extracted DHA from algae.
GOS: GOS can be added to organic formula, this is a prebiotic fiber that is good for your baby’s intestines. Biological GOS is added to some organic baby food.

Not all organic bottle foods contain organic GOS or sustainable DHA, so this might be something to consider when choosing a baby food brand.

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Quality label

Naturally, we only want the best for our little ones and the European Union also strictly controls all baby food to meet the highest standards. Organic baby food has more stringent requirements to meet than none organic baby food. The label on a product shows whether a brand is organic. The quality of organic products is controlled by the Skal Foundation in the Netherlands, this is the EU organic quality mark. In addition, there is also a Dutch organic label from EKO. If you buy organic baby food, make sure that it has at least the Skal Foundation quality label. With this quality mark Skal shows the reliability of organic products to the customer and consumer.

Sustainable packaging

Organic also means sustainability and therefore it is a good thing to also pay attention to the packaging of baby food. A good example is the use of the metal tin so that it can easily be separated from the other waste.

Organic baby food

Organic baby food from Neolac The organic Neolac baby food consists of at least 95% organic ingredients, and also contains sustainable DHA and organic GOS. In addition, Neolac is the only organic bottle formula made from exclusively Dutch milk. View our full range in our webshop