Due to many emerging issues, many parents are turning to jar or stored foods as the option instead of making homemade foods for their children. The absence of most of the parents contributes to this trend, and this is due to work related issues. They consider being with the child only during the night and taking them to daycare during the day while they go to work. It could be a good idea as it helps them to earn and make ends meet. However, they do not weigh the options of how this affects their children. There are many aspects that a parent needs to look at before subjecting their children to jar foods. Other situations that lead to the increase in the use of jar foods are the unavoidable circumstances. At times, a parent may die or get ill leaving the kid to survive on jar foods. In America, kids are introduced to jar foods even before they are a year old, and this is despite the great concern raised by the government of US regarding the credibility of these foods. There are significant concerns about the jar foods.
Most parents consider only the time that they take to prepare homemade foods for their children. They, however, do not consider the amount of money that they have to part with to buy these packaged foods for their children. Remember that these foods take a long process before they get to the market. The parents pay the production cost of these foods. All workers working in these industries have to get a decent pay. All the ingredients have cost a fortune. The cost that a parent has to pay for the jar foods will depend on all expenses. These factors in even the packaging and the transport cost to get these foods within your reach. You cannot compare the cost that you pay for these meals with the price that you pay for the home made foods. Homemade foods do not need packaging nor do they require paying for any advertisement or transport cost. The industries that make jar foods have found a way that they will get to the pockets of parents.
As seen above, the cost of manufacturing jar foods is very high. Many of industries producing these foods find a way to reduce this cost. The companies, therefore, replace the foods with water and just a few nutrients. They form a paste that parents use as food for their children. In most jar foods, only a small portion of the foods nutrients is required to make these foods. They also do not use the foods that are needed by the children as it would add to the cost. The most common foods are from rice and corn grains. They are processed by adding sweeteners, preservatives and bleachers. Any form of food processing does not leave the food with its original nutrient concentration and leads to dilution of the nutrients. Homemade foods are not diluted and not processed in any way.
Lack of Nutrients
Most of the commercial foods contain at most a fifth of the nutrients that they are supposed to have, and this is because of bulking. Companies always try to find a way to cut on cost and increase on the profit. Preparation, packaging and storing of this jar is done awaiting market, and this leads to them overstaying in the stalls and shops. You do not expect food that has been stored for a long time to be comparable with a home food that has been made some hours before being fed to the baby.
Lack of Quality
Jar foods and processed foodstaken at breakfast. They do not at times resemble the homemade foods with the same ingredients. The jar foods lack the originality of taste and texture found in homemade foods. Because manufacturers know that their products fall below the expectations by far, they add extra ingredients to try and salvage the natural taste.
All the sweeteners, false ingredients, sweeteners and other spices used to make the jar foods are contaminants. The body of young children is not strong enough to neutralize the effect of these contaminants in their body. The homemade foods do not require these additives contain less of these contaminants.
Most of the jar foods have a high impact on children. One is that they lack the nutrients required for children growth. The pastes that are in these foods also adhere to the teeth causing teeth problems.
The packaging of jar foods is in plastic containers, and recycling of these containers cannot be done. The inability to recycle creates a lot of pollution and wastage. There is also massive wastage of food nutrients in the jar foods.
The government should do a crackdown to establish jar foods that are in the market and know if they are fit for consumption by children.