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Dry Fruits as Sources of Vital Nutrients

Dry Fruits as Sources of Vital Nutrients

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 It is recommended that babies be breastfed up to the age of 1 year. Due to change in dietary requirements from 6 months onwards, babies need to be given solid food.

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Dry fruits and seeds provide essential nutrients, which are much needed for the baby’s growth. Considering that your little one is vulnerable to allergies, it is better to consult a paediatrician first to know which types of dry fruits suit your baby.

Below is a list of dry fruits that you can give your baby to.  

1. Raisins

Raisins contain magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, copper and manganese. Magnesium makes the bones strong and steadies the heart’s rhythm. Phosphorous helps in cell and tissue growth.  Potassium keeps the body’s water balance in check. Iron makes haemoglobin. Haemoglobin provides oxygen through the blood to all the cells in the body, which is necessary to strengthen the body’s immune system against infections and allergies. Copper and manganese help to repair tissue damage and helps in bone and cartilage formation.

2. Chia Seed

Chia seeds can be easily digested and contain approximately 139 calories, 11 grams of fibre, 9 grams of fat, calcium, manganese and omega-3s. Chia seeds are a good source of proteins too.

3. Walnuts

Walnuts contain omega 3 fatty acids and improve cardiac health of your little one. Walnut also helps in brain development and is a rich source of vitamin B1, B2, B6 and folic acid. Walnut prevents the occurrence of diabetes and cancer in your child at a later stage.

4. Flax Seeds

After chia, flax seeds are a decent option of providing omega-3s to the baby. Flax seeds are a good source of fibre (soluble and non-soluble) and nutritious oils required for your baby’s overall growth and development.  Remember to finely grind flax seeds and mix it with regular baby food for sufficient intake.

5. Apricots

It is fine to start giving your baby apricots from 6 months onwards, provided you put in a meticulous effort of searching good quality apricots. They should not be squishy. Apricots are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, fibre (dietary) and potassium.

It is advisable to give dry fruits to your baby by crushing, grinding them first, and mixing the powder in a porridge.  

Besides the aforementioned benefits, dry fruits reduce the risk of anaemia, prevent constipation, and develop the brain’s functioning to improve concentration and memory.
Daily intake of dry fruits in appropriate proportions ensures that your little one gets his daily dose of essential nutrients which will prove useful for his overall (physical and mental) development as he grows into an adult. Some infants may suffer from allergies. Therefore, consult your paediatrician before introducing nuts etc.

 

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