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Has a delicious taste, making almonds loved by everyone, from children to adults. But, what about babies? Are almonds safe for babies to eat? To know the answer, let's see the explanation in this article, Bun
Just like other types of nuts, almonds also contain nutrients that are very good for he alth. Some of the important nutrients contained in almonds are fiber, protein, fat, magnesium, manganese, calcium, phosphorus, copper, and vitamins B2 and E.
Benefits of Almonds for Babies
Thanks to its abundant nutritional content, it's no wonder almonds can have many good effects on he alth. Well, for babies, consuming almonds also supports the growth process, you know, Bun.
The following are some of the benefits of almonds for babies that you need to know:
Protects the body from free radicals
Too much exposure to free radicals can increase the risk of he alth problems in babies, Bun. The reason is, exposure to these free radicals can damage the baby's body cells which can cause your little one to get sick easily.
Well, to protect him from the dangers of free radicals, you can give your little one foods that contain antioxidants every day, such as green vegetables, fruit, including almonds.
Not only effective in protecting your little one from exposure to free radicals, the antioxidant and vitamin E content in almonds is also able to increase the baby's immune system, so this type of nut is suitable for consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic like today, Bun.
Prevent cholesterol and obesity
Who says high cholesterol and obesity can only be experienced by adults? In fact, children and babies can also experience it, you know, Bun. Well, so that your little one avoids the disease, Mother is encouraged to always give her nutritious food, such as almonds.
Mother needs to know, eating almonds can maintain good cholesterol levels in the baby's body, you know. Not only that, these nuts can also prevent excess weight gain that can cause the baby to become obese, Bun.
Maintaining heart he alth
Nuts, such as peanuts, pistachios, and including almonds are very good for heart he alth, Bun.Therefore, frequent consumption of nuts will keep the baby's heart he althy, so that the little one can be protected from heart problems in the future.
So Can Babies Eat Almonds?
Seeing the many nutrients and benefits that can be obtained from consuming almonds, then of course almonds can be given to babies, Bun. Almonds can be given to babies as early as 6 months old or already getting complementary foods.
However, just like giving other types of nuts, giving almonds to babies needs to be done carefully, yes. Because of their solid shape and texture, eating whole almonds can certainly make a baby choke, Bun.
Therefore, if you want to give almonds to babies, you need to pay attention to the texture first. For babies who have just started solids, you can mash the almonds, then mix them with a little water so that the texture becomes softer and the baby has no trouble swallowing.
Meanwhile, for older babies, Mother can process peanuts by pounding them or chopping them into smaller pieces and sprinkling them on top of food, such as on white bread or your little one's favorite cake.
Mother can also give almonds in the form of jam. However, make sure that the almond butter does not contain artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and the texture is smooth and does not contain nuts, OK.
In essence, almonds are okay to give to babies. But, keep in mind, in some babies, giving almonds and other types of nuts can cause allergies.
Therefore, mothers need to pay close attention when giving almonds to babies. If your little one has an allergic reaction, such as itching, skin rash, vomiting, diarrhea, or shortness of breath after consuming almonds, immediately stop giving almonds and take him to the nearest doctor.