Starting Baby on Solid Foods – Top 5 First Foods for Baby
There are several choices of first foods to offer your baby, some foods are better than others for a variety of different reasons. Rest assured that pasty white rice cereal from a box does not have to be baby’s first food choice; consult your pediatrician to learn more.
In these next postings I have outlined 5 “top” foods that make great first foods for babies. These foods are wonderful for a variety of reasons such as nutritional quality, taste, texture and of course ease of preparation at home. Enjoy!
Behold this orange beauty! The sweet potato is one of the most nutritious veggies on the planet. It contains lots of dietary fiber and beta carotene, calcium, iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin C and even Vitamin E. Low on the glycemic index, sweet potatoes digest slowly and that means that they cause a gradual rise in blood sugar – this orange tater is one of the good carbs.
Further, the Nutrition Action Health Letter rated 58 vegetables by adding up the percentages of USRDA for six nutrients (Vitamins A and C, folate, iron, copper, and calcium), plus fiber. Sweet Potatoes topped the list with a whopping 582 points; its nearest competitor, a raw carrot came in at 434.
The sweet potato makes a great first food for baby due to it’s nutritious goodness. Along with the super benefit of lots of nutrients, the sweet potato is pleasing to the taste buds, easy to cook and easy to prepare; it is also easy on the tummy and seldom causes digestive upsets.
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