Dr. JJ recently received two similar questions about homemade carrot purees and their levels of nitrates.
I am making all of my grandson’s baby food using the Baby Bullet to help my daughter out. His pediatrician has cautioned us about making homemade pureed carrots due to the nitrates. He is now a little over 7 months old. Is he old enough to have the pureed carrots yet, or should we wait a little longer?
Is it safe to cook carrots and spinach in the Baby Bullet? I thought they were full of unhealthy levels of nitrates. This will be my first time cooking and preparing my baby’s food. I did jar food with my other two children and have since grown aware of all the chemicals and sugars that they add to the baby’s food, so this go with my son has been different. I can’t afford the expensive organic baby food, but can buy organic veggies and grow veggies pesticide-free. I want to make sure I’m not harming him in any way.
Thanks in advance!
Most of the nitrates that accumulate in carrots do so with older, larger carrots and are concentrated in the peel and outer layers. Better to buy smaller younger carrots (not baby carrots – those are just plugs cut out from large carrots), and peel them/wash them before preparing.
One of the concerns with spinach is actually that certain components of the plant prevent absorption of iron and calcium in the raw form, and, more importantly, concerns about salmonella and other foodborne germs have been recently reported in uncooked spinach. The oxalates in spinach can theoretically not be processed as efficiently in young, immature kidneys. So the take home message here is to WASH your produce and COOK your spinach. And as to what age to offer it, after 6 months is a good idea when baby’s kidneys are functioning at a more mature level.
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