An Austin couple’s Paleo-inspired startup, Serenity Kids, now provides Paleo baby food for parents looking to try out different options. But is this healthy for babies? Several baby food experts warn against it.
What Is a Paleo Diet?
Serenity Kids, a Paleo-inspired food startup, founded by Austin couple Joe Carr and Serenity Heegel, now provides parents with Paleo-friendly baby food.
The baby food product targets kids of ages 6 months plus. It comes in 4 ounces, and is comprised of pasture-raised meats as well as organic vegetables. It also comes in three different flavors: uncured bacon, kale with butternut squash, chicken with carrots and peas and, finally, sweet potato with grass-fed beef and kale.
A Paleolithic Diet, or Paleo Diet, is what is commonly known as the “caveman diet”- where you eat foods presumed to have been consumed by Paleolithic humans- mainly meats, vegetables, fruits and nuts, with little to no grains, cereals or milk products.
It also emphasizes the avoidance of foods that were unavailable at the time, such as dairy products, sugar, potatoes, soybeans, lentils and grains (such as corn, bread, pasta, cereals).
The research has shown that a Paleo diet does produce healthier outcomes, while warning against the tendency to avoid carbs and fats to a dangerous extent. It also warns against the tendency not to consume the adequate daily intake of legumes and whole grains- a common misconception in health & fitness culture.
Despite the fact that Paleolithic humans lived at a time where unhealthy empty-calorie junk food was unavailable, there have still been some modern food developments since that have actually been useful for our health- including bread, soybeans, corn, etc.
Is This Healthy For Babies?
So is this diet good for babies? Baby food expert and Pediatric nutritionist Nicole Silber comments on this, saying: “There are certainly elements to paleo eating that I appreciate and endorse, particularly the lack of processed foods and the abundance of vegetables and good quality protein,” she said. “However, I would not recommend babies and toddlers eliminate grains, dairy and legumes.”
Madelyn Fernstrom, another nutritionist and health expert said that although eliminating processed foods is good, “on the paleo [diet], no grains, dairy, or legumes are recommended. This is a problem for babies and young children as low and non-fat dairy are the easiest way to get adequate calcium and vitamin D for growing bones and teeth."