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Why organic? Why dried?
How is the freeze/drum drying process more nutritionally valuable than the jarred/canning process traditionally used for baby foods? Freeze and drum drying methods are nutritionally superior over canning in two ways: 1) the preservation of nutrients and phytochemicals, and 2) higher sensory quality of food. With the freeze/drum drying processes, there is less heat exposure to foods and consequently higher preservation of nutrients and phytochemicals. Freeze/drum dried foods look better and taste fresher.
What is the importance of feeding organic ingredients to infants? For one, pesticides are widely used on conventional food crops, because pesticides are toxic by design, they can cause harm to humans. Exposure to pesticides over time has been linked to a variety of chronic health problems including: neurological damage, hormone and reproductive problems, and some cancers. Infants are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of pesticides due to their small body size, immature organ systems and rapidly growing brains. Feeding your child organic foods, which are grown without the use of pesticides is a smart way to provide wholesome nutrition without the harm of synthetic influences.
Is it kosher?
We have received kosher certification, which will be reflected on updated packaging that is hitting shelves soon (Spring 2013)! Hooray!
Is it gluten free?
All of our products are gluten free, with the exception of our NurturMeals sweet potato-oatmeal-banana blend.
Is your packaging BPA free?
Yes, it is! Our packages do not contain BPA.
Why do the some of the flavors contain maltodextrin and lecithin?
Both are binding agents that are used in the drum drying process for the foods. They are also commonly used in other organic baby foods and formulas. Maltodextrins are manufactured from starch and are extensively used as additives for improving the flavor, texture, thickness and stability of many foods and beverages. Like starch, most maltodextrins are easily digested and used for energy in the body. The organic maltodextrin in our products is derived from organic corn. Sunflower lecithin is an emulsifying agent that has become popular as an additive because is it not genetically modified, the way soy lecithin is. Most of the soy that is grown in this country (90%) is genetically modified and not appropriate for use as an additive in organic food.
What is the drying method used on your product?
Some of our flavors are freeze dried and others are drum dried. Apple and pea are freeze dried, which involves no heat application at all; the others are drum dried, which involves the product first being ground to a puree form, flash cooked for 30-60 seconds (minimal heat application), then air dried on large drums. The end result is yummy, healthy, pure fruits and vegetables in powder form that easily mix with liquid (even breastmilk!) to create an infant puree.
Are all of these products 100% GMO-free?
Yes, all of our products are Non-GMO certified. All of our cleaning procedures following GMPs for sanitation.
Do you have plans to add more flavors?
Yes! We are launching more flavors and more products soon. We have many plans for our product line, so keep an eye on our site to stay up to speed on the latest product offerings!
Is this product available in Canada?
We are in the process of changing distributors in Canada, and expect to be on store shelves there by Summer 2013. In the meantime, you can visit iHerb.com to place your order in Canada.