Baby porridge from the jar is often the better choice
Even cooked baby porridge often tastes better, but is not always the better option. When manufacturing baby porridge from glass, particularly strict requirements must be met, so that products from the supermarket often have an advantage in terms of purity.
Baby porridge from the jar is subject to strict guidelines Annett Hilbig from the Research Institute for Child Nutrition advises parents to baby porridge from the jar, because it often contains fewer pollutants than home-cooked food. "With jars you have a very high level of safety when it comes to pollutants," reports the expert. "You don't have them even with organic products." Because finished products for babies are subject to particularly strict guidelines and quality controls. Production is subject to even stricter criteria than for certified organic organic vegetables and vegetables.
But even cooking has advantages. "The homemade porridge tastes better and you are more free to choose and put together the ingredients," reports Hilbig. They are safe for the child even if they are not made from organic products. "The best way to use regional foods is to use regional foods "because these are less stressed due to the shorter transport route," said the expert.
Parents who do not use beetroot and spinach to cook their own baby porridge could also use ingredients from the freezer. Only products that consist of pure vegetables and do not contain sauces or fats should be selected. Spinach and beetroot should not initially go into the saucepan, as they have high nitrate levels. "Warming and standing for a long time can result in nitrite, which can impair the child's oxygen supply," explains Hilbig. When it comes to fruit, parents have a free choice, although some varieties are more difficult to prepare than others not puree as well. Of course, it is easier with bananas, or apples and pears, which you can grate well. " Peaches and berries, for example, are also very suitable.
Between the fifth and seventh month, the expert advises a vegetable, potato and meat porridge. It was a good start. Ingredients such as milk and cereals are also suitable later. In principle, when preparing baby porridge, care should be taken that spices are not used at all or only in very small quantities. Salt, pepper and hot spices should be avoided. Parsley, basil or oregano have long been suspected of causing allergies. However, they are now considered harmless.
From baby food to family food After the porridge phase, the child should receive mixed food. The Research Institute for Child Nutrition offers under the name "Optimix" nutritional recommendations of the optimized mixed food as a brochure. However, the guide can only serve as a guide after the switch to solid food. For the transition from porridge to "family food", the experts advise, for example, instead of the previous vegetable-potato-meat porridge for lunch from solid food, which can consist of vegetables, potatoes, rice or pasta with a little meat. According to this principle, the experts at the research institute can switch from morning milk cereal porridge and evening milk meals to breakfast and dinner from milk, bread or cereal flakes, as well as fruit and raw food. (ag)
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