Home-cooked baby food not always best

Contrary to popular opinion, home-cooked baby food is not always better than the commercial equivalent, say nutrition scientists.

It may be cheap and nutritious, but home-style cooking tends to exceed fat recommendations which may impact on childhood obesity and health.

This is the primary finding from a UK study of 278 commercial meals for infants and toddlers and 408 common home-cooked recipes.

Cost and nutritional content per 100g was measured along with food variety.

While most home-cooked meals provide 6%-77% more nutrients than the commercial equivalent, the researchers note these meals usually have a higher fat content.

They found home-cooked meals provide 26% more energy and 44% more protein and total fat, including saturated fat, than commercial products.

“The majority of home-cooked recipes