Eating as babies do: a good idea.

@marguicha (101905)
Chile
July 1, 2010 10:03am CST
I heard in my youth that food should be eaten hot. I remembered that while commenting an answer to another one of my posts. My mother always gave us steaming food and she told us to hurry up, before it got cold. But then, when my children were born, the pediatrician told me I should never give them food warmer than 37º C and that they did not need any salt at all in their soups. I started to think that if babies should not eat hot dishes, then we adults shouldn´t either. Later, much later, I discovered that I had to give up some of the salt I put on my dishes as a health measure (I have a mild kidney problem). So it seems that, after all, we should go back to baby food. Not ice cold, but not hot; a lot of veggies; not too much salt. I went on thinking about baby food and I also remembered that I made their soups from scratch. Bought food was only for picnics as it was easier to carry. It´s not so difficult if you have a blender , I used recicled jard to put them in the fridge and made soup for a week or so. My soups had no additives, no extra sodium they use when canning. They were unexpensive and healthy. Now, this winter has come very cold. I´m making baby soups for me every day. I make them with all odds and ends in the fridge plus some milk (in case of creams), grated cheese (instead of salt), and pesto (for minestrones). Do you think it´s a good idea to return to good "baby" food and do it from scratch? Do you think it´s healthier? Share!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
1 Jul 10
The biggest majority of everything i cook is from scratch & i do think it's alot healthier to do that. I read an atricle awhile back that in a few years noone would be cooking from scratch. I hope it was wrong but can see it happening because most young girls don't like to cook as it is. I have one dil that is not interested in cooking at all but of course i think she needs to but it doesn't bother my son at all.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
2 Jul 10
Authorities??? they could care less. All they are concerned about is themselves & getting richer no matter what the cost to others. Parents are also to blame for feeding their kids all that junk food instead of taking the time to cook good healthy meals.
@marguicha (101905)
• Chile
2 Jul 10
You are right, Jo. One thing every country in the world has in common is the way their authorities are. All of them want riches and don´t care for people. That´s why I´m against wars. The wars should be played like in the times of Robin Hood: one authority against the other, on horseback in a stadium. That way no inocent would get hurt As for parents, it seems that cooking is a lost art. And it´s not so difficult, after all. Even though I can prepare a difficult meal that takes time to make, what I usually do is to make wonderful meals that take less than 1/2 hour from beginning to end. I discovered that after my back surgery: my back does not like to be standing up so long. Hugs
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
2 Jul 10
Hope ur cold is better today. That's a good idea , just put them in a pen & let them duke it out,lol. I know about those ol' bad backs. They are the pits. U have a good weekend.hugs.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
2 Jul 10
Not necessarily baby food, as I would be pretty bored, but definitely less salt and fat and sugar if nothing else.
@marguicha (101905)
• Chile
3 Jul 10
Hi Dawn, I was thinking of more veggies but rather minestrones instead of gooey baby soup.. I make a nice cold pasta in Summer that has only the fat of good olive oil and some veggies. And there are a lot of dishes that accept a dressing with yoghourt instead of mayo. And you are right: no-no to a lot of fat, salt and sugar.
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Jul 10
And speaking of no nos, stupid olive oil is on my allergy list. I can have it, I just limit it somewhat...
@yugasini (12839)
• Anantapur, India
1 Jul 10
hi marguicha, most of the mothers in the world wish to supply hot food to their children and to their hosts and relatives,that is their tendency,but small kids could not eat hot food,we have to make it somewhat cool or warm to a suitable condition to eat by babies and kids,but i never thought about hot food,what ever food that is either in hot position or cold position i will eat and i prefer to eat only warm up to some extent rather than hot,have a nice day
@marguicha (101905)
• Chile
1 Jul 10
It took me decades to discover that too hot food was burning the inside of my mouth. I wonder now if that does permanent damage
@yugasini (12839)
• Anantapur, India
1 Jul 10
hi marguicha, thanks for the response,thanks for immediate response,some time kids and baby eat hot food and burn their mouth with innocence,heat up to some extent we can bare,if it is more it is dangerous to the mouth and dangerous to the entire stomach system,in urgency some times we have eat hot food and then feeling burning sensation in the stomach,have a nice day
@oldchem1 (8144)
2 Jul 10
First let me say when I first read the title of your discussion I was appalled and shocked because I read it as Eating babies do: a good idea. I thought that we had a cannibal on myLot If eating as a baby means cooking from scratch it is what I do all the time, it is better for us, cheaper and also great fun
@marguicha (101905)
• Chile
2 Jul 10
Hi oldchem, I´m not thinking of turning into a cannibal...yet. But I guess you are a word cannibal as you ate the word "as" from my title Eating like a baby is more that cooking from scratch. You can eat very unhealthy meal cooking from scratch too, if you want to. If you make french fries from scratch everyday, I guess the only good thing is that you would use better oil. But I was thinking on veggies and cooked meats and broths you put into a baby´s meal. And also that in summer, we can use cooked cold meat cuts to make nice sandwichs with veggies (tomatoes, string beans and lettuce). Take care!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
2 Jul 10
I don’t always cook things from scratch because of time restraints and laziness on my part but I do agree that making meals yourself and being aware of all the ingredients and keeping tabs on salt content and temperature has got to be so much better for you. It stands to reason that by preparing most things from scratch you can custom make meals to suit not only your tastes but heath issues as well. It may not be a bad idea to revert to eating like babies, as I recall my daughter’s diet was very healthy when she was tiny and was yet to discover junk food!
@marguicha (101905)
• Chile
2 Jul 10
I was thinking on veggies and cooked meats and broths you put into a baby´s meal. And also that in summer (not now, please), we can use cooked cold meat cuts to make nice sandwichs with veggies (tomatoes, string beans and lettuce). I even make good snacks which are not so unhealthy from lefovers. Any leftover rice, potato or pasta can be turned into an omelette to have a snack while watching TV. I´m sure it has less calories and it is healthier than those expensive grese reaking, bought snacks. I cut some chives fro my herb garden into them for the touch of class. If I don´t have that, I use the green part of those little green onions (don´t know the name in English) Take care!