Super nutrition for babies (book review)

Super Nutrition for Babies: The Right Way to Feed Your Baby for Optimal HealthSuper nutrition for babies: The right way to feed your baby for optimal health by Katherine Erlich, M.D. and Kelly Genzlinger, C.N.C., C.M.T.A. is the best book on baby feeding I’ve come across. It provides excellent nutritional advise and recipes for mothers to nourish their babies with..

Food categories
The authors have classified all available foods into four different categories, which I found really useful for helping me identify where our current diet is letting us down, and what I can do to improve it.

 

Here are the four categories:

1. CRAP (Chemical, Removes body’s nutrients, Addictive, Processed) Foods

Examples of food in this category include fast foods and microwave meals; cereal; non-organic low-fat pasteurised dairy; margarine; vegetable oils (such as canola and soy); most soy products; foods made with white flour or white sugar; and any genetically modified foods.

CRAP foods are not digestible, immune boosting or nutrient worthy. Rather, they are harmful – causing or exasperating what the authors call the “3C” conditions.

These are Contemporary Chronic Childhood maladies which include autism spectrum disorders; allergies, eczema, and asthma; attention deficit disorders and learning disabilities; emotional, mood, and behavioural disorders; recurrent pain disorders; metabolic syndrome, obesity, and autoimmune diseases; digestive disorders; tooth decay; and cancer.

3C conditions are on the rise in children and none of the feeding advice stemming from government agencies is doing anything to help. Dr. Katherine Erlich, on the other hand has seen great success guiding children towards better health in the holistic medical centre she opened after spending more than a decade in a large, conventional paediatric practice.

She advises ditching CRAP foods from category 1 and focusing as much as possible on feeding babies from categories 3 and 4 in order to prevent or treat these 3C conditions.

2. OKAY (Ordinary, Knockoffs of real food, Adequate but not optimal, Yield subpar health if fed exclusively)

Some examples of OKAY foods are unsoaked/unsprouted whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds; nonorganic fruit and vegetables; whole-food sweeteners; pasteurised organic full fat dairy products; barn-raised eggs; and farmed fish.

3. PURE (Pasture based, Unadulterated, Rich in nutrients, Enzyme containing) Foods

Some examples of PURE foods include soaked or sprouted whole grains, legumes nuts and seeds; Organic and in-season fruit and vegetables; free-range eggs, pastured meats, poultry and pork; unrefined cold-pressed oils (olive oil) and tropical fats (coconut and palm); and wild caught fish and seafood.

4. Super POWER (Protective, Optimal nutrition, Wisdom of the ancients, Enriching, Regenerating) Foods
These foods are complete, whole, real, natural foods; nutrient dense and uniquely able to heal; free of toxins; packed with a wide array of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, supply inflammation fighters, often a source of fat-soluble mineral activators, often contain probiotics and enzymes.

Examples of Super POWER Foods include raw, grass-fed, organic dairy and cultured dairy; pasture-feed animal fats; bone marrow; mineral-rich bone-based soup stock; eggs from organic free-range poultry; oily, whole seafood and shellfish from clean sources; fish roe; probiotic-rich condiments; lacto-fermented beverages; Celtic sea salt and Himalayan sea salt.

I highly recommend this book for mothers wanting to give their babies the best possible start in life. Please click Super Nutrition for Babies: The Right Way to Feed Your Baby for Optimal Health if you’d like to purchase this book.

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