Have you ever wished your baby could eat more like a caveman? Today is your weird, lucky day! A new line of baby purees is now offering parents the opportunity to feed their infants paleo-friendly meals that replicate the diet of humans who walked the earth 10,000 years ago.
If you’re not familiar with the paleo diet, it’s based on eating only the same foods consumed by humans during the Paleolithic era — which ran for 2.5 million years before giving way to the Mesolithic era roughly 10,000 years ago (#TheMoreYouKnow). The diet focuses on restricting your food sources to mainly animal proteins, wild fish, and plants.
TODAY reports that the new line of products called “Serenity Kids” comes from an Austin-based couple that wanted healthier options when it came to choosing baby food for infants. As they prepared to be parents, Serenity Heegel and Joe Carr discovered that many of the larger commercial baby food companies were offering foods filled with extra sugars, additives, and preservatives they didn’t want, so they created their own alternative line of baby foods that followed the guidelines of a Paleolithic diet instead. According to TODAY, the four-ounce packages are available in three flavors: “free-range chicken with peas and carrots; grass-fed beef with kale and sweet potato; and uncured bacon with kale and butternut squash.”
And while we can probably mostly all agree that those foods seem to offer important vitamins and nutrients for growing kids, paleo diets also exclude some very important food groups for growing children — namely grains, legumes and dairy. Dairy products — like, oh say, milk — is particularly crucial for bone and teeth development. Pediatric nutritionist Nicole Silber noted this to TODAY, saying point blank: “I would not recommend babies and toddlers eliminate grains, dairy, and legumes.”
However the makers behind Serenity Kids agree, saying that they “don't advocate putting babies on diets, paleo or otherwise," but added that they do believe in “eliminating' foods that are potentially dangerous, such as many processed foods, sugary desserts, or allergens."
But if you’re going to make money selling a specific line of paleo-restrictive food products for babies, it’s not unreasonable to understand why people seeing them on the shelves would think you’re in favor babies eating a paleo-restrictive diet.
Even a caveman could understand that.
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