Nov 152011

In a recent comment a mom asks about dessicated liver.  We thought it was a great question and that we would ask Ruth for her thoughts…

The mom asks:

I really love your book. Thanks for such a great work.

I’d like to start using desiccated liver powder for my 8 months old daughter but I cant find the powder version of it,  all I can find is the tablet version.

Can you recommend a brand/company who makes powder form of the desiccated liver?


Ruth Says:

Desiccated liver is a powdered nutritional supplement made from dried liver.  It is high in vitamin B12 (a nutrient sometimes claimed to be lacking in vegetarian diets) and other B vitamins. You can introduce desiccated liver to your baby beginning at about 8 months.  Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon to your baby’s  Super Porridge daily or several times a week to make up for whatever you feel your baby would be missing in a meatless diet.

I recommend the Now brand. Please go light on the liver powder so baby does not get too much iron.  The nutrition section of Super Baby Food discusses the daily recommended amounts of iron.  The iron is “heme” iron and is very well-absorbed, unlike iron from plants.  You can also buy the tablets and crush them by putting them in ziploc bag and crushing with a spoon

Check back at the Super Baby Food Blog for more information for feeding your baby the very best!

Aug 102011

My-Plate-new-nutritional-guideMom question:

I am finding your book (Super Baby Food) very interesting and helpful. I just noticed though that you were basing the Daily Food Servings on the Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Pyramid. I was just wondering since they have changed to the My Plate concept instead (making vegetables the largest food group instead of grains) if that has changed your thoughts on a baby’s grain intake as well. Thanks for the great book and place to start with making my own baby food!

Ruth Says:

Thanks for using my book.  Actually the vegetables and fruits on the Food Pyramid, when taken together, are larger than the grains group.  Nothing has really changed about the number of servings recommended from each group.  The USDA says to make 1/2 your grain servings whole.  I say to make ALL your grains whole.  I recommend eating organic foods grown sustainably and as local as possible, especially the Environmental Working Group’s “dirty dozen,” which are the foods having the worst pesticides.  Google it and you’ll find a lot of information.  If you eat meat, be sure to buy only grass-fed, organically raised animal products: eggs, milk and cheese, fish, and meat.
Thanks for the question!