A new study regarding the health of infant meals has made a surprising discovery – homemade meals are often less healthy and more likely to lead to weight gain than store-bought options. While homemade meals tend to be more affordable to prepare, they often contain more fat and are more energy-dense.
This UK study evaluated data from 686 home-cooked and ready-made meals for kids under the age of 5. It was found that the homemade options contained 51% more energy than store-bought products and contained higher amounts of salt, protein, carbohydrates, total fat, and saturated fat. Overall, these meals were more nutritious than store-bought options, but they had more calories.
These findings were published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood on July 19, 2016.