There are so many choices on the market for feeding your baby when they are ready to start purees and other baby foods. This article will cover the option of baby foods that have been high pressure processed.
High pressure processing (HPP) is a method of pasteurization with cold temperatures versus heat. This is being done to more packaged fruit juices and fresh fruits and veggie based foods as an alternative to adding chemical perservatives. The advantages, according the many in the food industry, are many. HPP keeps food fresh longer by applying a very high pressure per square inch of food which kills many food pathogens like salmonella and E. coli. The HPP also doesn't change the structure of the food or deplete the nutrients that heat can do.
Now many baby food products are moving towards this process of pasteurization. This move towards high pressure processed baby foods makes sense: fresh foods without chemical preservatives, in convenient packages that taste like homemade baby foods. Currently several large retailers carry brands that make HPP baby foods, like Whole Foods Market and Target, but we predict this will likely be a growing market coming to your usual supermarket.