Today we’re going to take a time out to address a very real concern parents face when they are looking at formula choices. Can I trust these products?
It’s sad, how we’ve been forced to question everything put before us. We’ve heard countless times about how this or that company has produced a product, which we trusted, that isn’t really what we thought. Chemical contamination plagues our food supply. Companies produce an organic product, but then add in things like DHA and ARA stripped with hexane. And they get away with it. Food stuffs are touted as healthy and wholesome, yet are chock full of corn syrup and sugar. How do we know something is really safe to eat?
When it comes to our children, this question holds even more weight. It is one thing to eat something you know is bad for you. It is an entirely other thing to feed something you know is bad to a newborn baby. So, we do our best to breastfeed them. Through thick and thin, we stick it out as long as we can. But sometimes life doesn’t work that way. Sometimes life smacks you in the face and you can’t keep up with the long haul. What do you turn to when you can’t breastfeed your baby anymore? Formula filled with corn syrup, sugar, chemicals and heaven knows what else? No thank you!
That’s when you go online and you search and search and search. There has to be something decent out there to feed my baby when I can’t nurse anymore. If you’re here, you’ve probably already figured out the answer. Hipp, Holle, Lebenswert, and Babylove are the answers to these questions. But are they really? Can I trust something I learned about on a parenting blog; when the packaging is in German; and it comes from across the sea? The answer is yes! And here’s why:
FDA Vs EU
In the United States, we rely on the horribly flawed protection of the FDA to regulate our food supply. Unfortunately, they have utterly failed us. In Germany (where most of our formulas are made) and other parts of Europe, there are centuries of laws in effect that govern food production. One example of this are the Reinheitsgebot beer laws in Germany. Dating back to the 1500’s, Germans have been concerned with the quality and purity of their beer. And that’s just one example. Food laws in countries under the European Union are constantly under scrutiny, in an effort to offer good, safe nutrition to the people whom they govern. This is especially true for products that hold the organic logo.
As with food in the United States, foods produced in Europe, under the name organic, have to be certified under the strict guidelines of the European Union. And I can assure you, those guidelines are strict. See more here for everything you ever wanted to know about EU Organics. On top of that, there are specific guidelines for what is allowed to be in products for infants and toddlers. This alone should be a big sign that the formulas we carry are authentic; however, there is more.
Sugars and Additives
Just because it says organic, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. As I previously mentioned, many organic products still contain high amounts of added sugar, corn syrup and other additives. This is not so with Hipp, Holle, Lebenswert and Babylove. You won’t find any added sugars (beyond lactose which is essential for proper growth and is found in breastmilk) in these formulas. You won’t find soy or added chemicals. The ingredient lists are short and simple.
Organic also doesn’t mean that the animals which produced the product were healthy and well treated. Thankfully Germany and other parts of Europe have developed farming standards that far surpass most of our organic productions. These farming standards are referred to as Demeter, bioland, and biodynamic. In the article “Formula Company Biodynamic and Demeter Farming Practices" I discuss these farming standards and why they are important. To put it in a nut shell, animals on a Demeter or biodynamic farm are treated with the utmost respect, and fed a proper diet, from land that is well tended. The farms that produce our European formulas are ecologically sound, holistic and organic to an infinite degree. Our formulas are certified Demeter or Bio products, so you can be assured you are getting the best.
If you weren’t already convinced, hopefully you are now! You can be 100% certain that you are making the best and most natural choice for your baby, when you choose Hipp, Holle, Lebenswert and Babylove.