- Commercial baby foods contain dangerous levels of arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury*
- It's particularly concerning since nutrition is most important in the first 1000 days of a baby's life
- Companies like Yumi aim to deliver fresh, more nutrient-dense baby foods to your door
- We had an editor on our team who is a mom try it, read her honest review below or check out more here
Once kids are past the milk stage, the pureed food stage should be a relief. Unfortunately, the rise of ingredients-that-should-not-be-in-baby-food appearing in baby food has made this stage more difficult to navigate.
It's been happening over the past few years, and 2021's investigation by U.S. Congress found that four commercial brands tested were "tainted with up to 91 times more inorganic arsenic, 117 times more lead, and 69 times more cadmium than the Food and Drug Administration's maximum allowable levels in bottled water."** Those are only the brands who cooperated with the investigation.
There were also high levels of mercury and heavy metals in baby food. Baby food!
It's particularly distressing considering the first 1000 days in a child's life are the most important in nutrition for cognitive and physical development. Short of blending fruits and veggies every day or week, it's impossible to trust store brands.
Our editors took a look at baby food subscription services to see if they were any different, and were surprised to find one that was: Yumi.
Here's what one mom thought:
I was absolutely crushed by the 2021 report on metals in baby foods. What are parents supposed to even do?
I heard about Yumi from a friend and was on board immediately - co-founded by a fellow mom, I knew we had the same concerns for our kids.
It's a little pricey, but absolutely worth it for the peace of mind - plus, my baby loves it! At 7 months, he's at the single flavors, but I'm hoping in the coming months, we can expand his palate with their more interesting combinations.
With Yumi, I feel so much more confident with my baby's diet, and I'm loving the convenience.
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Yumi is a proud disruptor of the industry, testing the soil where they grow their plants for any metals and toxins. And if the crop isn't up to their standards, it won't make it to your baby's food.
Another thing that sets Yumi apart is the thought and care they put into each ingredient. They never use rice(a common ingredient in a lot of baby foods) because rice is extremely effective at pulling arsenic from soil.
The brand is co-founded by health-conscious mom, Angela Sutherland, who was disappointed in store-bought baby brands for their lack of transparency and high rates of fruit sugars. The shelf-stability contributes to the lack of nutrition.
Yumi's foods are sent fresh, weekly. They start with single-food meals of Zucchini, Lentil, Peach, Adzuki Bean, and Butternut Squash, until your child can eventually handle thicker blends and mashables in more fun flavors like Coconut Cream Pie, Chickpea & Carrot, Pear Raspberry Chia Pudding and more. They've received the coveted Clean Label Project Purity Award (an independent, third-party expert who tests for over 400 environmental toxins, including heavy metals), so you can have peace of mind knowing you're only giving your little one the very best.
Every quarter, they drop new seasonal flavors, and they support your child even further with fun snacks, fruit leathers, and vitamins.
For more information, check out Yumi.
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