In a USA Today article, Alan Greene, a pediatrician at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is encouraging parents to start babies with brown rice cereal or vegetable purees instead of the highly processed rice cereal that many babies have been eating for years. The idea is that white rice processed into a puree cereal for babies is about the most processed form of a grain you can get, whereas a brown rice cereal or vegetable puree will be more nutritious. This was my thinking exactly when we were starting solids. I didn't understand how, when many nutrition recommendations include eating more whole grains, babies would be started on solid foods with an excessively processed food.
We started with sweet potato and banana. Now she eats almost any food that's soft or small enough for her to chew with her gums. Some allergenic foods she hasn't had yet include strawberries, tomatoes, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. She's had cake, but not candy or chocolate. She also only drinks breastmilk or water. We haven't given her milk or juice yet, not to mention soda or coffee or anything like that.
We aren't the world's healthiest eaters, but we're doing ok.