Haven't you introduced avocados in your baby's diet yet? Here are a few reasons why avocado for babies is considered a great first food.
By Leena Ghosh
Are you looking for a food for your baby that is rich in healthy fats, proteins, essential vitamins and minerals? Then, your search ends with the super food called avocado. Originating in South Mexico thousands of years ago, this super fruit has since travelled to every corner of the world and is now easily available in every supermarket in the country.
Because of its nutritional properties, many mothers nowadays introduce avocado to their babies as one of the first foods. The following are the reasons why avocado is considered a healthy choice for babies.
In 100g of avocado you can find:
An interesting fact about avocado is that, it doesn't ripen on the tree. The flesh begins to soften only after it has been plucked from the tree. Here are a few tips to choose a ripe avocado:
There are several benefits of avocado baby food. Here are some of them:
Puréed avocado is a great food for babies when they start eating solids. This is because of the high fibre and low sugar content in avocados. According to a study by Comerford et al, 'The Role of Avocados in Complementary and Transitional Feeding', published in the journal Nutrients (2016), "avocados are nutritionally unique among fruits in that they are lower in sugar and higher in fiber and monounsaturated fatty acids than most other fruits, and they also have the proper consistency and texture for first foods with a neutral flavour spectrum."
For a 7 to 8-month-old baby, it's advisable to give avocado in the form of a purée. As the child grows up, the avocado pulp can be given in small cubes or be made into a salad.
The great thing about avocado is that it can be served raw as well as cooked. The best way to introduce avocados to babies is to make a purée. You can add milk or water to get the desired consistency.
Avocado for a 7 to 8-month-old
Avocado for a 9 to 11-month-old
Avocado for a 1-year-old
Avocado for a 2-year-old
While avocado is a great food for babies, it can cause certain side effects. Here are some of the side effects you should watch out for:
It’s important to introduce new and healthy foods to your little one. And, healthy and tasty foods like avocados are always a great choice. However, children develop allergies to certain food items. So, it’s always a good idea to observe your child for 24 hours, once you have introduced any new food to her.
About the author:
Written by Leena Ghosh on 6 September 2019
The author is a journalist, writer, editor and the mother of a spirited young girl. In between juggling the roles of being a full-time cheerleader for her daughter, a thorough professional and a part time chef, she dreams of finishing the first page of her unwritten book.
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