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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
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How Organic Can Give Your Child a Nutritional Head Start

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Feeding your kids is not always easy. One day they love bananas, the next day they don’t. Some kids only want food of a certain colour, others are fussy about certain textures. These quirks and preferences can be frustrating. But they’re not arbitrary.

Picky eaters are often influenced by social cues, parental feeding tactics and the ways that new foods are presented. Research also suggests that picky eating could be the result of early taste experiences encountered in amniotic fluid and breast milk.

With this in mind, the pressure is already on parents to feed their kids quality food. Many pediatricians and nutritionists also push it to be organic. Butis organic food really necessary?

Why healthy and why organic?

A solid nutritional start has an impact on a child’s life physically, mentally and socially. A child’s nutritional future starts before conception, with a well-nourished mother giving her child the best start. Good nutrition reduces the risk of disability dramatically. It also assists in the development of healthy blood, brains and bones, as well as organs and tissues.

Chemicals are inescapable. Both natural and synthetic chemicals are used as pesticides, made into fibers for clothing, synthesised into medicines, and manipulated to build furniture, technological devices and more. Toxins are a threat to everyone’s health, but for infants and children, they’re especially sensitive. Infants lack a fully-developed blood-brain barrier, the structure in the central nervous system that prevents the passage of chemicals between the bloodstream and the brain tissue. So we need to shield children as much as possible.

Organic food may seem like another thing to worry about, but it is one of the simplest ways to remove a leading source of chemicals from your child’s developing body. Choose organic meat and protect your child from antibiotic overuse too, which can increase the possibility of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria.

There are many other reasons to choose organic for your children outside of chemical, antibiotic and hormone use too. Other reasons include:

More antioxidants

Antioxidants are important for children because they destroy free radicals, and this helps to prevent inflammation and certain illnesses like heart disease and some types of cancers. A 2014 study concluded that antioxidants are between 19% and 69% higher in some organic fruits and vegetables when compared with non-organic fruits and vegetables.

Better taste

Since organic foods aren’t protected by pesticides they must protect themselves against insect attack. They do this by ramping up their own chemical defenses, which translate directly into flavour and aroma.

Kinder on the environment

Organic farming practices have many positives, including healthier soil, reduced groundwater pollution, and increased sustainability and biodiversity.

Animal welfare

Animals in organic systems must live as naturally as possible so this means no battery cages, sow crates and standing-room only pens. Organic is a great way to teach human kindness to your children.

What type of organic food is best?

If starting small and choosing only some things to buy organic, start with the foods that are actually more nutritious in organic form, and those foods that kids eat the most frequently. Examples of such food include:

Apples

Kids love to eat apples and the Dietary Risk Index (DRI) for conventional apples is 27 compared to 1 for organic apples. An added bonus is that organic apples may have higher antioxidant levels.

Strawberries

Conventionally-grown strawberries have a DRI of 48 compared to 1 in organic strawberries. Just like apples, they may have a higher level of antioxidants, too.

Potatoes

The average potato has more pesticide by weight than other produce. They have a DRI of 27 compared to 1 for organic potatoes.

Cherry tomatoes

Up to 13 different pesticide residues can be found on cherry tomatoes and studies show that conventionally-grown tomatoes have lower lycopene levels than organic tomatoes. The higher the lycopene levels, the higher the nutritional benefits.

Meat/milk/poultry/eggs

Antibiotic resistance is becoming a real problem and science suggests that eating meat and drinking milk from organically-raised cows and eating meat and eggs from chickens can be a simple way to eliminate the problem. Organic meat and milk is also shown to have improved fatty acid composition, which is important as this helps to improve the nervous system, build immunity, and boost brain function.

Soy

Conventional soy products may have genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredients. Children face the greatest risk from the potential dangers of GM foods as GM foods could expose children to toxins and increase allergies, potentially leading to larger health issues.

Peanuts/peanut butter

Conventionally grown peanuts are treated with pesticides and can have potentially toxic effects, especially for small children. Like meats, organochlorine (which has been linked to seizures in children) accumulates in fatty plant foods, so make the switch to organic peanut butter.

You may also check out the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of conventionally grown produce that should be avoided and the Clean 15 for foods that aren’t so bad.

Why Bellamy’s Organic?

When it comes to feeding infants and small children organic food, many mums rely on Bellamy’s Organic. Certified Organic, Australian made, environmentally responsible, simple flavours and textures, nutritious and delicious – who can blame parents for turning to Bellamy’s Organic?

Bellamy’s Organic really does offer a pure, simple and healthy start to life. Take a look at our full range of products at Bellamy’s Organic and visit our stockists — we offer infant milk, ready-to-serve baby food, snacks and more. Contact us today to find out more.

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Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • Breast milk is the best for babies. The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age-appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
  • The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. According to recommendations from the Singapore Health Promotion Board, solid food should be given to babies only after 6 months.