Dubbed as “Nature’s Perfect Food”, avocado is a nutrient-dense fruit with healthy fat, vitamins and minerals that a baby needs for complete nourishment. It is also a great baby food with its creaminess and soft texture, making it easy to digest and its nutrients easy to absorb.
While it isn’t available in most refined cereals and jarred baby food varieties on the market, this wonder fruit should not be overlooked, if you want nothing but the best nutrition for your little one. But what really are the benefits of avocados for babies? Check these out.
Builds an Intelligent Brain
While some panic or even recoil with the word ‘fat’, all of us are creatures that need it, especially babies. Did you know that fat could build a better brain for your baby? Yes, that’s right, but we’re not talking about refined oils, hydrogenated fat or transfat. Instead, we are referring to healthy fat (e.g. from avocado), one of the most important raw materials for a highly functioning and complex brain.
Briefly, both communication mechanisms and brain cells are built from fat. Its balance can influence your child’s intelligence because it makes up the brain’s building blocks (just like protein for muscles). Good fat from avocado builds a healthy and intelligent brain especially during critical stages of development, letting him achieve his full potential.
Protects with Its Antioxidant, Anti-inflammation & Antimicrobial Properties
Avocado can promote baby’s health and wellness, too. Did you know that it has antioxidant, anti-inflammation and antimicrobial properties? Yes, aside from supplying his body with essential nutrients, it can also neutralize and eliminate toxins out his body and counter the damage caused by free radicals with its antioxidant properties.
Avocado also possesses anti-inflammation properties, which control inflammation brought about by irritable stimuli, pathogens and tissue damage; thus, it can also heal wounds, scratches and rashes on skin faster than antibiotics and other medications can. It also possesses antimicrobial properties that battle infections caused by pathogens.
Supplies Essential Nutrients
Loaded with unsaturated fat, avocado is one of the best fruits for baby, especially when it comes to brain development. But maybe you’re asking, “Is high fat not a problem?” If you are trying to get your pre-pregnancy size, it could be, but not for babies.
Babies should not be on a low-fat diet because they need fat for growth and development especially between one and two years of age. So if ever you’re given advice “not to feed your baby with avocado,” disregard it. Feeding your baby with it is supplying his body with vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin E and minerals, including calcium, iron, potassium, sodium and zinc—all in one great fruit.
When can I introduce avocado to my baby?
Because it is easily digestible, it can be prepared and mashed as his first solid food when he’s around four months old and be mixed with other fruits like bananas and peaches as well as with yogurt.
Avocado: Baby’s Perfect Food
You probably know by now the distinct reasons to feed your baby with avocado…
- Builds a better brain (full brain potential)
- Keeps allergies and diseases away with its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties (protection)
- Supplies nutrients, such vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fat (nourishment)
So the next time you’re planning your baby’s meals, you should not skip this wonder fruit on your list, or else, you’ll miss these benefits of avocados for babies. After all, a happy, healthy and well-nourished baby means a happy mom and dad.