In a previous entry, I wrote about my choice to change to BPA – free bottles. Now, I am feeding my 7 month-old organic baby food to try to keep as many artificial ingredients out of her food as possible. It seems to me that you can’t go wrong with organic foods; they are pesticide free and are typically grown in a fashion that is better for our environment. The main trade off is the cost of going organic.
The main two brands out there are Gerber Organics and Earth’s Best. Both have a full line of baby food that is certified organic and made without pesticides or hormones. Earth’s Best has a couple additional benefits which include:
– Made from only whole grains, which play a role in the prevention of heart disease and high blood pressure.
– Fiber rich which prevents constipation.
– Helps to control blood sugar levels which may reduce the risk of type II diabetes.
– No added salt, modified starches or refined sugars.
– No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
I did some Smarty research to see who offers organic baby food at the best price:
4 oz. (6 month and up) – 5/$5.00 or $1.00 each
6 oz. (9 months and up) – $1.19
Gerber Organics (on average is about $.30 more than regular)
4 oz. (2nd Foods) – $.89
6 oz. (3rd Foods) – $1.19
2.5 (2 – pack plastic)- $1.49
4 oz. (6 month and up) – $.79
6 oz. (9 months and up) – $.99
4 oz. (2nd Foods) – $.77
6 oz. (3rd Foods) – $.99
2.5 (2 – pack plastic) 2 for $3.00 or $1.50 each pack
Earth Fare (Does not carry Gerber Organics)
4 oz. (6 month and up) – $.79 to $.99
6 oz. (9 months and up) – $1.29
2.5 oz. (4 month and up) – $.44
4 oz. (6 months and up) – $.64
4 oz. (2nd Foods) – $.84
2.5 (2 – pack plastic)- $1.19
3.5 (2 -pack plastic)- $1.44
Please note that these prices were based on the size of the product, but I do think that different ingredients (such as meats and vegetables versus just vegetables can cost more for the same size). All retailers had different flavors at the time that I did my review. Overall, I found that Harris Teeter was by far the most expensive for Earth’s Best and Target was the cheapest, but you can go to Earthsbest.com and get coupons to help offset the cost.