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February 21st, 2006, 02:26 PM
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One of my friends and I were talking today about me making baby food and she said that she thought that you shouldn't make your own carrots, because of nitrates? I didn't know of this, and I homemade and fed my DD some carrots the other day - and have more in the freezer. What's the story with this???
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February 21st, 2006, 03:43 PM
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Nitrate poisoning is very rare. If you prefer to make your own homemade baby vegetables, an alternative is to choose organic produce. Organics do not use commercial nitrate fertilizers and thus the risk of nitrate contamination/concentration is minimized, but not eliminated. The AAP suggests a very cautious and conservative waiting period, 8 months or older, to make homemade vegetables that may contain nitrates. While this sounds frightening, the fact is that nitrate poisoning comes from contaminated drinking/ground water before it ever comes from vegetables. I wouldn't worry about her being effected by what you fed her. Even the baby food carrots have some nitrates in them. Foods that tend to accumulate large amount of nitrate include: spinach, beets, cabbage, broccoli, and carrots. Root vegetables such as carrots, beets and broccoli all contain nitrates though at a much lower level than do the leafys
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February 21st, 2006, 03:55 PM
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Thank you so much for that! That puts my mind at ease alot!! HUGS!
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February 21st, 2006, 04:09 PM
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Your welcome.
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March 3rd, 2006, 12:08 PM
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Don't use the water you made it with, buy organic. ALSO, if she is over 9 mo(andshe is) her body is able to handle it.
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March 14th, 2006, 06:17 PM
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it is true. green beans are the same. they say just to buy those in the baby food aisle. i also make my daughters food, but i buy green beans and carrots myself. At 10 months you can make those yourself =)
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