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Mushrooms are one of the most popular food ingredients in Indonesia. Besides being delicious to eat, mushrooms also contain a variety of nutrients that are good for he alth. However, can mushrooms be consumed by babies?
Mushrooms come in a wide variety of shapes and textures. These ingredients are easy to prepare and are often combined with other dishes, such as soups, stir-fried vegetables, or pasta. Its savory and delicious taste makes mushrooms also often used as cooking broth.
Safety of Consumption of Mushrooms in Babies
The joy of mushrooms can also be felt by babies, you know, Bun. Mothers can process these nutrient-rich foods as complementary foods. However, you have to wait until your little one is 10-12 months old before serving mushrooms, right.
Mushrooms are rich in potassium. These nutrients can support muscle development, nourish brain nerve cells, and maintain your little one's heart rhythm. Potassium also plays a role in regulating fluid balance in the body so that it can keep blood pressure stable.
Providing complementary foods with a high-potassium diet can also reduce the risk of your little one having he alth problems later in life, such as kidney stones and osteoporosis.
Several types of mushrooms are also good sources of vitamin D. This vitamin has an important role in building strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D deficiency can increase the risk of developing rickets which can lead to abnormal bone growth.
Besides this content, mushrooms also contain good nutrients to support baby's growth and development, such as iron, selenium, and fiber.
Tips for Processing Mushrooms as MPASI
You can easily find mushrooms in traditional markets or supermarkets. There are many types of mushrooms for sale, ranging from button mushrooms, shitake mushrooms, maitake mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, portobello mushrooms, to enoki mushrooms.
However, before buying and processing mushrooms as solid food, you need to pay attention to the following things:
- Select mushrooms that are still intact and clean. Avoid buying mushrooms that are damp, wet, slimy, or hard.
- Wash your hands before processing mushrooms.
- Wash the mushrooms thoroughly with running water.
- Process the mushrooms by sautéing or mashing them. Add olive oil, garlic, and a pinch of s alt for added taste.
- Make sure to cook the mushrooms until done.
- Serve mushrooms with spinach, green beans, potatoes, or other he althy foods.
- Store the unprocessed mushrooms in a closed container and put in the refrigerator for a maximum of 5 days.
Mushrooms can be a good choice of complementary foods for baby's he alth. However, also make sure that you continue to give your little one other he althy foods and breast milk, so that their nutritional needs are fulfilled.
In addition, please note that mold can trigger allergies in some children. If after consuming mushrooms, your little one experiences allergy symptoms, such as rash, itching, swollen lips and face, cough, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing, immediately take him to the doctor, yes, Bun.