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Why is eat for baby food organic?
We believe that everyone deserves good food. Unfortunately many of the agricultural practices that have become ‘normal’ are depleting our food of the very nutrients we need, potentially exposing us to pesticides that are damaging to our health and not regenerating the soil, meaning we are taking from mother earth, and not giving back. This is an unsustainable model.
Organic agriculture ensures pesticide residue is not present on our food and preserves and may even enhance the nutrient value of our food. For example, did you know that plants produce more flavonoids, terpenes and alkaloids when they are ‘attacked’ by pests. Flavonoids are the pigments we see in some of our foods, such as the purple of beetroot, cream-white of cauliflower/potatoes etc. As well as being a defense system for the plants, these compounds enhance the fitness of the plants and are highly beneficial for our health. As a company committed to producing nutritious food for thriving families, we couldn’t see ourselves going any other way.
We know that organic food is more expensive. Part of that is the need for organic farmers to seek expensive certification of their practices (which we think is a backwards system, and suggest that those using pesticide heavy farming practices should be required to obtain certification instead). Another part of the cost is the more hands on approach to the farming. We believe that being more hands on in growing and harvesting our food is one of the most sustainable things we can do as a species to preserve our planet and improve our health. Nothing beats growing your own vegetables, microgreens or herbs at home.
eat for baby is committed to ensuring that everyone can access our food, and we know that home delivered, organic, prepared food in compostable packaging is out of reach for some people. To try to balance this we:
* Make all of our recipes (and more) available via our e-books for anyone to make at home.
* We provide opportunities for people who are buying our food to donate food to a woman in need.
* As a company we are committed to giving back 50% of our profits in community grants, food donations, access to healthcare and support services, regenerative agriculture and more.
Together, by doing the best we can, with the resources we have, we can balance the scale and make sure that every parent has what they need for a thriving family.
Why is eat for baby food batch tested for bacteria?
We want to produce a range of foods that provide reassurance and peace of mind for anyone on their pregnancy journey. We know there is a lot of uncertainty about what foods to eat during pregnancy. We also know that everyone wants to do the best they can for a healthy baby and this includes ensuring the food we eat is safe.
By way of a small seque, bacteria are critical for our health, vital in fact, and we actually want bacteria in the food we eat. Did you know that we are 10:1 bacteria cells to human cells, and something like 1000:1 bacterial genes to human genes. So we are team bacteria here at eat for baby.
What we are testing for and ensuring we never have in our food are pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria. The main culprits for food borne illness are E. Coli, listeria and salmonella. There are over 5 million cases of foodborne illness every year in Australia. For most people, it is a relatively mild illness that runs its course and we carry on. But in pregnancy, while rare, the consequences of a severe foodborne illness, can be devastating. By testing every batch of our food for these pathogenic bacteria, we can all rest assured that the foods we sell are safe.
Why is eat for baby food tested for nutrients?
We believe in truth, honesty and transparency, so we are doing several things differently/above the expected standard of food preparation and our nutrient analysis is another example. Many nutrition information panels on foods are derived from a database of food nutrient values. The last time the most comprehensive database in Australia was updated was 2010. We know that the nutrient content of ingredients change based on where they are grown, how they are grown, the season, how they are stored and so on. To ensure that we provide you with the real values, not just an estimate, we send each of our products to independent laboratories to measure the nutrient content. We get these data back, then we compile our nutrient panel. So what you see is actually what you get, not what you might have gotten if the food was made 10 years ago, grown somewhere else and handled differently.
What if my order doesn’t arrive or isn’t right?
Please contact us and we will sort it out. Send us an email email@example.com and include your order number. We will dive in and see what's going on and rectify the problem.
I’d like to stock these in my shop/clinic/practice. How do I go about setting up a wholesale account?
Fantastic. We would love to work with you to make this happen. Please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your location and the products you are interested in stocking. We will come back to you and start the process.
eat for baby packaging
What are the pouches made from and what does home compostable mean?
The pouches we have used for the launch of our bites are a cellulose based compostable pouch. Cellulose is a part of all plants and provides the rigidity in their structure. To be ‘certified’ home compostable, packaging must be broken down into carbon dioxide, water and biomass and be undetectable from the surrounding compost in less than 26 weeks. The pouches we are using breakdown in a home compostable system in less than 30 weeks (so outside the ‘certification’ window, but still back to carbon dioxide, water and biomass in a very short timeframe). We work with PA packaging solutions for our packaging, because they are leading the way in genuine ‘no greenwashing’ compostable packaging with Australian and International certifications for their compostable packaging.
What if I don’t have a compost at home, what do I do with the pouch?
If it’s something you’ve thought about doing anyway, maybe now is a great time to get started. If space is an issue, there are great indoor options such as the bokashi bins that require only a small area of dirt to dig a hole and bury the contents once the bin is full. If you don’t have access to any dirt, and don’t know anyone who does, then put the eat for baby packaging in the general waste bin. The packaging will break down in the landfill. This is a great external resource for those keen to start composting.
Can I recycle the postage packaging?
We are shipping with Australia Post using their small shipping boxes. You can reuse the box and ship something else in it (simply put stickers over the address spaces and pay new postage at the post office), or you can recycle the box in your curbside recycling bin. We use Australia post because they carbon offset the delivery of all parcels. Their boxes are made from FSC certified cardboard.
What is the lining in the shipping box, what do I do with it?
Our bites are shelf stable, which means they don’t need to be refrigerated to stay fresh. But being made of nut butters their structural integrity (i.e., their shape!) is vulnerable to changes in temperature. If the bites get warm, the oil from the nut butters will soften and the bites can become oily. They are still perfectly safe and delicious to eat, just not so pretty to look at. To maintain cooler temperatures, so that the product arrives at your door in the same shape it left our kitchen, we’ve lined our shipping boxes with woolpack. This insulates our bites against changes in ambient temperatures. When we are expecting extreme temperatures, you might also find a cooler pack in your delivery. This further protects the bites from temperature changes experienced during shipping, ensuring you receive a pouch of bites, not a pouch of once were bites.
The wool portion of the woolpack is derived from 'waste wool' and is compostable. The lining on the woolpack is not (yet) compostable. Remove the plastic wrapping and put that with your other soft plastics for Redcycle recycling. The wool can go into your compost like our pouches. Don’t have a compost, see above, or why not keep the woolpack and reuse it for insulating things. Can you sew? The wool could be used to make a deliciously warm quilt. Got other ideas? We’d love to know what your beautifully creative minds come up with.
If you avoid all animal materials, please enter a note at the cart and we can omit the woolpack liner for you. This may impact on the appearance of the bites if they are exposed to high temperatures en route to you.
What foods should I avoid during pregnancy?
Foods to avoid during pregnancy are those that carry a high risk of being contaminated by bacteria, particularly listeria and salmonella. This includes processed meats, raw or undercooked meat and seafood, pâtés, soft cheeses, raw eggs, unpasteurised dairy products.
Can I drink coffee during pregnancy?
Yes. The guidelines for pregnant women and caffeine have recently been reviewed. It was concluded that up to 200 milligrams of caffeine per day is safe during pregnancy. This is the equivalent of ~2 cups of barista style coffee. But the caffeine content of different coffees can vary, so talk to your Barista. It’s also worth checking the label of products that contain coffee, tea, chocolate, soft drinks (best to avoid these completely), and some over the counter medications to keep your caffeine intake below 200 milligrams.
Is it OK to eat spicy foods when pregnant?
Yes. Some women may experience heartburn when eating spicy foods, which may cause discomfort for you, but there is no known risk to your baby of eating spicy foods.
Should I eat more of some foods and less of others while pregnant?
Yes. During pregnancy it is important to maximise the nutrient density of the foods you eat. Your body and your growing baby need lots of vitamins and minerals to maintain good health for you, and growth and development of your baby. We recommend lots of plant based foods, fruits and vegetables, grains, legumes and beans, include some meat and fish and keep hydrated with water (add a pinch of rock salt to boost your mineral intake). Check out our shop and recipes for some nutrient dense delights.
Can I eat fish during pregnancy? If so, which ones and how often?
Yes. We encourage choosing small fish to minimise your exposure to Mercury which can accumulate in larger fish. Get your fish from the source and always make sure it is fresh (clear eyes, not a strong fish smell). Mackerel and salmon are great choices, as are anchovies and sardines. One to three serves a week are recommended. Fish are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids which are needed for brain and nervous tissue development in the baby. If you don’t eat fish, you can get some Omega 3s from nuts and seeds such as linseeds (flaxseeds), walnuts and chia seeds. But you will need to identify another source of the Omega 3s DHA and EPA, as these are not found in nuts and seeds.
I’d like some more personal support and advice along my pregnancy journey. Do you offer private consults?
Not yet, but we will. Make sure you are on our mailing list so don’t miss a thing.