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Is the baby's complementary food menu listed on the menu for strawberries, Bun? If not, try adding it to the list, ok? You see, there are many benefits of strawberries for baby complementary foods that are a pity to miss, you know
It is recommended that complementary foods to babies come from he althy and varied foods, ranging from vegetables, meat, seeds, nuts, tubers, to fruits. Well, one of the fruits that Mother can serve as a baby's complementary food menu is strawberries.
This fruit that has a sweet and sour taste contains a variety of nutrients needed for baby's growth and development, such as carbohydrates, fiber, vitamin C, folic acid, manganese, potassium, magnesium, and potassium.
The Benefits of Strawberries for MPASI
You can give Strawberries to your little one when he has started consuming solid food, which is around the age of 6 months. This fruit is not a food that has a high risk of causing allergies, so it is quite safe to serve it to your little one at the beginning of the solids period.
The following are the various benefits that your little one can get from eating strawberries as complementary foods:
1. Maintain a he althy digestive system
Strawberries are rich in fiber and have a fairly high water content, which is around 91%. These nutrients can maintain a he althy digestive tract and become a food source for good bacteria in the large intestine.
Well, by eating this fruit, your little one will also avoid various digestive problems, such as diarrhea or constipation.
2. Strengthen body resistance
In 100 grams of strawberries there are about 56 mg of vitamin C. This figure is enough to meet the daily needs of baby's vitamin C, you know, Bun. In addition, strawberries also contain antioxidant compounds that are very good for he alth.
These nutrients and compounds can strengthen the baby's immune system to fight bacterial and viral infections. That way, the process of growth and development becomes more optimal.
3. Maintain heart he alth
Potassium, fiber, and anthocyanins contained in strawberries are known to keep blood pressure normal, keep the heart rhythm regular, and lower bad cholesterol levels. Therefore, serving strawberries to your little one as complementary food will maintain the function and he alth of his heart, Bun.
4. Control blood sugar levels
Strawberries are classified as fruits with a low glycemic index. So, eating this fruit will not trigger a drastic increase in blood sugar levels in the baby's body.
How to Serve Strawberries for Baby MPASI
Seeing the many benefits of strawberries for babies, it's a shame if you miss giving this fruit to your little one. However, before serving it as complementary food, there are a few things you need to pay attention to first.
Strawberries are fruits with high pesticide residues. Therefore, to prevent overexposure to pesticides in babies, you should choose organic strawberries that are not exposed to pesticides.
After that, you can also follow the steps to serve strawberries as complementary foods as follows:
- Remove the strawberry stems and wash them thoroughly.
- Peel the surface of the fruit to remove the seeds and cut into small cubes.
- Cook the strawberries in a saucepan over high heat for two minutes. Then, cook on low heat for five minutes.
- Puree the strawberries in a food processor or blender. Mothers can also process strawberries with other fruits, such as blueberries or apples.
- Strawberry puree can be served directly to your little one or stored in the freezer.
Well, those are the various benefits of strawberries for baby solids. Even though it is a food that is low in allergy risk, you still need to pay attention to how your little one reacts when eating strawberries. If allergy symptoms appear, such as itching, vomiting, and diarrhea, you should immediately consult a doctor, Bun.