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Essential nutrients and vitamins in pregnancy

Pregnancy is a challenging time in terms of knowing what you can and cannot eat.  There are lots of nutrients needed to help your baby develop and keep you healthy, so pregnancy is an important time to put nutrition first.  Consuming a diet rich in essential vitamins and minerals is a key part of this,...
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A guide to introducing solids by Dietitian Melanie McGrice

4-6 months What an exciting time!  Your little one is ready for their first mouthfuls of food!  You will know when they are ready once you notice that your little one can hold their head up straight, watches you carefully as you eat and reaches out for your food. Texture: Silky smooth Melanie’s tips: The...
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How to introduce allergens to your baby: a guide by Dietitian Melanie McGrice

Introducing your bub to new foods is an exciting time! You really notice how fast they are growing up. Introducing solids to your young one is one thing, but introducing foods that might cause adverse reactions is another. This can be… a little daunting. Here we will cover everything you need to know about how...
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Introducing Solids Safely: 4 Dietitian Tips

Introducing solids to your little one is an exciting, but scary time. Your little one is growing up!  Obviously, great nutrition is essential, but what else do you need to consider to ensure solids are introduced safely? Consider these 4 tips Minimise choking risks – Until your baby is competent at chewing their food, it’s...
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The importance of beta-carotene in a bub’s diet

Beta-carotene vs Vitamin A  Beta-carotene is a pigment found in orange and yellow coloured fruits and vegetables. It is converted in the body to the active form of vitamin A, an essential fat-soluble vitamin. Eating beta-carotene allows the body to regulate vitamin A status by only converting the amount that is needed, making beta-carotene a safe nutrient for your bub to enjoy (1).  Benefits of beta–carotene to...
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Why you should choose organic for your bub?

How organic food benefits growing babies Babies and toddlers go through dramatic growth and cognitive development in the first two years of life, a process dependent on adequate nutrition and a healthy environment. Organic food contains higher nutrient levels, including higher levels of antioxidants, with fewer harmful substances (1). On the contrary, conventional farming methods...
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Why should I worry about heavy metals in baby food?

How heavy metals affect babies High heavy metal exposure in babies and children can impact their health and development, building up over time and potentially causing health conditions in later life. Behavioral issues such as attention deficit disorder (ADHD), neurological damage, autism, anemia, and gastrointestinal dysfunction are just a few examples of how high heavy...
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Nutrients your growing bub needs!

Why does baby nutrition matter so much!? All growth and body functions require dietary nutrients to work optimally. Some of the most biologically necessary nutrients for babies (and adults!) depend entirely on dietary intake, as the body is not able to produce these nutrients on its own. Feeding practices in the first 2 to 3...
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How to reduce pesticides from non-organic fruit and veggies

If organic produce is simply not affordable, rest assured you can reduce a significant amount of pesticide residue by washing your veggies with bi-carb soda. According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry (1), soaking produce for 12-15 minutes in a solution of 30g of baking soda and 3L of water...
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Breastfeeding nutrition tips for optimal lactation and maternal health

Maternal nutrition during breastfeeding Eating a healthy diet while you are breastfeeding is important because what you eat determines the energy, protein, nutrient and vitamin content of your breast milk. In addition to the increased micronutrient demands, breastfeeding also uses up a lot of energy, with 500 kcal/day more needed than pre-pregnancy (the equivalent of...
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