The other day, I was browsing Facebook when I came across a “sponsored” (i.e. paid) post from a natural health & beauty site. The post promised that a solution exists for eliminating parents’ anxiety about food allergies. I clicked through, and was hardly surprised to discover that the solution is an expensive product.
Spoonful One: an expensive supplement goo
"Spoonful One” is basically a supplement goo that you’re supposed to start feeding to your infant, mixed into their other foods. The company is trying to cash in on the growing body of research showing that repeated exposure to potential allergens is what prevents allergies — not protecting young children from them, as was previously recommended.
SpoonfulOne appears to offer convenience, as it includes several potential allergens: peanut, egg, milk, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, soy, wheat, and sesame. In general, I’m certainly not above paying a little more to save some time, and I do it often myself (hello, grocery delivery).
Your baby probably doesn't need supplements
But actually, as allergy parents know, it’s difficult to keep your kids away from most of those ingredients. Kids eating anything remotely resembling common American foods will already eat those allergens multiple times per day. Even sesame is pretty ubiquitous — if in doubt, add hummus (my toddler daughter eats it plain, with a spoon).
The exception might be seafood & shellfish, which plenty of kids don’t like. But, according to WebMD, just 0.6% of American children have a seafood allergy (and that’s even with most parents not doing anything special to prevent the allergy). Fish sauce and shrimp paste cost about $5 each, those could easily be added to children’s other foods for some umami and allergy-busting exposure.
I’m not saying you should (or can) make everything yourself. I bought plenty of commercial baby food, mostly non-organic to boot. My kid eats packaged snack foods sometimes now. Perhaps a few kids are picky enough eaters that parents genuinely can’t get them to eat ordinary allergen-containing foods
Spend your money on something else... *anything* else
But at $75-90 per month, SpoonfulOne offers a pretty poor cost to benefit ratio. And they have the audacity to suggest that you should feed it to your kid for five entire years (you know… just to be safe. If you were a good parent, you’d do it!).
Think of what else could you do for your young child’s health & happiness for a cool $5,000! Just about anything is better than forking it over to a fear-mongering operation in exchange for a few dollars’ worth of ordinary food slurry.
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