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NEW FOOD PACKAGING IN STORE NOW

From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks

The Benefits of Organic Food for Babies

The question of what food is best to feed your baby has always been challenging one for parents. Organic is becoming an increasingly popular choice for Australians; a recent poll by Organic Australia showed that 6 in 10 Australians now buy Organic products each year. But what are the benefits of feeding your baby organic food? This article outlines some of the benefits to health, the environment and animals.

1. What are the health benefits of organic?

There are now a number of research papers which look at the difference between conventional and organic farming practices on the health benefits of individuals. Whilst this research is evolving, we have some interesting facts about organic produce that we know so far.

Before these facts are discussed, it is important to consider health in the context of the first 1000 days. The first 1000 days refers to the growth and development of a baby from the duration of pregnancy right through to when that child is 2 years old. This period is defined as a period of maximum cognitive development where the brain and other important body systems develop to their full potential in this time and are influenced by many environmental factors such as diet. This is a crucial and vulnerable period whereby exposure to harmful toxins and poor food quality can negatively affect brain development and result in negative long-term health outcomes. By choosing organic food for your family, can help to reduce the risk of exposure to a number of synthetic chemicals; pesticides and fertilisers, genetic modification of food, added hormones and antibiotics found in conventional manufacturing that can contribute to negative health outcomes. Below highlights some great new research that informs us on the health benefits of choosing organic food where possible:

  • Did you know that chemicals are 10 times more toxic to a child than an adult? Chemical pesticides are commonly used on conventional farms to protect fruits and vegetables from pests. There are now over 250 different pesticides and fertilisers now used in Australia. But traces of these toxic chemicals often find their way into our food.
  • In a USDA study of over 10,000 conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, pesticide residues were found in over 75% of cases. And that was after washing and peeling!
  • A large study conducted in 2014 looked at conventional versus organic milk nutrient profile and found there to be more omega 3 fatty acids in organic milk compared with conventional. In addition, they found there to be a better ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 (lower) which favours good long-term health outcomes. The consumption of omega 3 fatty acids in the western diet is quite low. This is largely associated with the low consumption of oil fish and algae-based products in the diet. Omega 3 fatty acids play an important role in brain and eye development, particularly in the first 1000 days.
  • A large study looking at organic produce found there to be higher levels of many antioxidants and higher vitamin E in organic produce compared to conventional produce. Antioxidants have known health benefits in protecting the body from disease, so the higher antioxidant consumption from organic produce is a great health benefit, particularly for children.
  • The same study also found there to be higher levels of a heavy metal called cadmium in conventional crops due to the type of pesticides and fertilisers that are used. Cadmium has been linked to behavioural and cognitive impairments in children and has also shown to impact IQ score in children exposed to cadmium right up to the age of 9 years old.
  • There are a number of studies linking pesticide exposure to adverse health effects. The American Academy of Paediatricians suggests that high-pesticide-residue foods may induce chronic health complications in children, including learning disabilities and behavioural problems like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
  • A recent study published in scientific journal Frontiers in Microbiology demonstrates that organic apples are far more beneficial for your health than conventional ones grown in a non-organic environment. The study found that on average, an apple contains around 100 million bacteria – a figure that degrades the longer the apple has been stored and if the apple has been cooked. The organic apples displayed a wider variety of bacteria and contained a higher number of gut-friendly, beneficial strains. The diversity of gut bacteria has been associated with good health outcomes and better immune health.

This research highlights that consuming organic produce will help to minimise to consumption and exposure to toxic and synthetic chemicals found in fertilisers and pesticides. Whilst not a lot is known about GMO and its long-term health effects, we hazard a guess that tampering with mother nature couldn’t be good for our babies, and we prefer not to experiment with our kids at Bellamy’s Organic.

2. What are the other benefits of organic?

Environment

Organic farming is kinder to the environment. It forbids the use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides, and instead relies on the use of sustainable practices like composting, crop rotation, and cover crops. Healthy soil retains more moisture which means plant roots retain more soil. This helps to reduce soil erosion, nitrous oxide emissions, and chemical run-off into our waterways. Organic farming keeps pesticides off the earth and out of the soil. Using synthetic pesticides and fertilisers strips the soil of its natural goodness which includes all the microbial growth that contributes to making fruits and vegetables so nutritious.

Animal welfare

Animal welfare is central to the organic philosophy. Dairy cows are raised in a more natural living environment, with continuous access to organic pasture and diets free from GMO grain and grain-concentrates.

Organic dairy cows are not treated with antibiotics if they are included in the milking pool. If antibiotics are used in an emergency health situation, the cow must be removed from the milk pool for at least 6 months which means there are no traces of antibiotics found in organic milk. Antibiotic resistance is becoming an increasingly important issue in Australia. Antibiotic resistance means you do not respond to antibiotic therapy administered by your doctor in the event of a bacterial infection. If you are unable to respond to antibiotic therapy in the event of a serious illness, this could impact your health significantly. In addition, organic dairy cows are not treated with synthetic growth hormones. This allows cows to produce milk based on their natural milking cycle which in turn, can reduce the pressure and energy it requires to produce milk all year round, as seen in conventional farming. It’s no wonder that organic cows produce 30% less milk than ordinary cows.

Summary

Consuming organic produce has some great health benefits long term, but also reduces the risk associated with exposure to harmful and synthetic toxins found in conventional manufacturing and farming. Sourcing organic fruits, vegetables and milk is getting easier as supermarkets expand their organic food range and the shift towards organic is becoming an increasingly popular choice in Australia and around the world. An easy way to start feeding your baby organic is to look for baby food products that are certified organic by organisations such as NASAA and ACO which will ensure you are giving your baby a pure start to life.

Disclaimer: The content of this document is solely for educational purposes and should not be substituted for medical advice. You are solely responsible for forming your own opinions and conclusions on such matters and for making your own independent assessment of the information. Please consult your doctor if you are concerned about your baby’s health.

About the author

Marisa Nastasi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian for Bellamy’s Organic. She specialises in children's nutrition and has recently completed further studies in paediatric dietetics. She has worked in the industry for 8 years and has developed a strong working knowledge on how good quality diets can benefit the health of children so that they can develop to their full potential.

Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
  • If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.