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Ragi as the First Food for Babies

Ragi as the First Food for Babies

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Your baby has now completed 6 months and this is an ideal time to introduce home-made complementary food in your infant’s diet. Deciding whether a particular food is nutritious or not can sometimes be a task. Along with fruits and vegetables, add ragi to your baby food preparations to make it more nutritious.

Friday, July 20th, 2018

What is ragi? Also known as finger millet is a popular cereal known for its high nutritive value. Ragi is a powerhouse of nutrients for a baby’s growth and development and is rich in proteins, calcium, and iron. Also, it is low in fat, gluten-free and easily digested by babies. After six months of breastfeeding, you can introduce this as a complementary food preparation in your baby's diet. Before introducing a new food, always consult your paediatrician.

Here’s a quick glimpse of what ragi offers to your baby’s growth and development.

 A Good Source of Protein

Ragi is a great source of protein. Protein stimulates growth and muscle formation in babies. And, the high nutritional content in ragi provides adequate energy and keeps malnutrition away.

It Aids Digestion

Ragi serves as a light meal for babies. And, is less in cereal fat and has high fibre content which improves your baby’s digestion.  It also maintains water levels in baby’s body and helps healthy bowel movements, preventing constipation.

Easy To Prepare

Need to prepare a nutritious meal, instantly? Then ragi is your go-to cereal. Prepare a ragi porridge using powdered ragi, milk, jaggery, and water or simply combine ragi with vegetables.

It Helps Control Anxiety

Ragi is rich in antioxidants, which help in lifting up your baby’s mood, especially if the infant is a fussy eater. Including ragi in your child’s diet improves sleep and comforts them.

It Is a Rich Source of Calcium

It is one of the best sources of calcium, which is responsible for healthy bone development in babies and growing children.

It Is a Source of Iron

Ragi is a natural source of iron, which keeps anaemia away. Sprouted ragi is rich in Vitamin C, which increases iron absorption in the body. This combination is essential for baby’s overall growth and in maintaining the right levels of haemoglobin.

How to include ragi in your baby's diet? Enhance your little one's diet by preparing a bowl of ragi porridge. Once your baby is able to chew food, add some fruits to it, like apple, pears, and bananas. Use ragi to prepare soups or simply combine it with vegetables. With the right combination of macro and micronutrients, ragi works wonders for the health of your baby.

Along with ragi include other foods that are rich in micronutrients to support your baby’s growth and development.

 

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