Mango is not a fruit so popular in the choices of parents for the baby's menu such as apple, banana or pear, although it has a lot of nutrients and benefits important for the body, since the beginning of food diversification. With a difficult to define taste, which borrows from the aromas of carrot and peaches, mango is one of the fruits on which you must pay more attention in the preparations for the little one!
Here is the right age for introducing the exotic fruit into the baby's menu, which are its benefits on its growth and development, but also the most suitable way of preparing and serving at this age! Don't forget the criteria based on which you choose a baked mango and get inspired by some great recipes that contain it!
When is it fed?
Shortly after the baby gets used to the texture and aroma of apple, banana or pears, you can also make mango fruit in his menu. Some pediatricians recommend introducing it in the diversified menu only after the age of 8 months, but others believe that it can be skipped through recipes, in small quantities, and from the age of 6 months.
Always consult your pediatrician before introducing a new food into the menu and see if it has any harmful side effects in the baby's body.
What vitamins and minerals contains?
Mango is a tropical fruit perfect for growing and developing the child, even before he turns one year old. It contains numerous vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants, amino acids and other nutrients that play an essential role in children's health.
Vitamin A (beta-carotene);
Vitamins B1 and B12;
Although being gentle with the baby's sensitive stomach and aiding digestion are the main reasons why he is chosen and introduced in the diversified menu, there are other benefits of the fruit for his health:
• energizes the body and strengthens the immune system (protecting it from diseases and infections);
• regulates blood cholesterol levels and fights cardiovascular diseases;
• improves skin health;
• improves vision and fights eye disorders;
• prevents diabetes.
How do you choose a good mango?
Mango is not one of the most consumed fruits in Romania, therefore, few people know the criteria on which to choose when shopping. Even though in recent years it has gained popularity in Roman food, few people know how to choose a ripe mango, perfect for consumption. Here's why you need to consider:
• the color of a well-baked mango is yellow-orange (you can buy them green if you do not serve them immediately, because they cook naturally, in a few days, if they are kept at room temperature);
• the texture should be slightly soft to the touch;
• large and bulky fruits are better, because they are more ripe;
• The appearance of the bark should be smooth, without blemishes or blows (when the mango is embroidered with brown spots or black spots, it means that the alteration process has begun).
At what tables do you introduce it?
Like any other type of fruit, mango should be introduced to the child's menu at morning meals, specifically among the snacks served at 10. It is recommended to be offered at least half an hour before milk meals and at about 2 hours. after that, to avoid indigene effects.
How do you prepare and serve it?
Mango is always served well washed and peeled. Although the fruit pulp does not pose a high risk of baby allergies, the same cannot be said about the bark. Experts argue that it contains a substance that increases the risk of contact dermatitis in those with hypersensitive skin. For this reason, it is important not only to clean the peel of the fruit, but to take care and not to touch too much the fruit pulp during peeling. If you touch the bark with the fruit pulp at the same time, there is a risk of contaminating it with harmful substances and entering the body of the child, after eating it.
Unlike many other types of fruit, mango is not consumed by heat. It is served raw, in the form of puree. If the child has a sensitive digestive system, mango can be steamed, to soften and have a more "friendly" texture with his stomach. All you have to do is cook it in a steamer, a quarter of an hour, or put it in the oven, until it softens.
These cooking methods do not waste nutrients from the fruit. Nutrients remain in its pulp, so that the baby's body will enjoy them.
At first, mango is offered individually to the baby, because later, after getting used to its aroma and finding that it has no unpleasant side effects, you can combine it in recipes, along with other ingredients.
It can also be occasionally integrated into the fruit juices you serve to your child. As it grows, you can offer it to the child as a finger food or snack. Mango can be roasted by the child in the form of larger strips or cubes. Avoid very small chunks to prevent the risk of drowning with food.
What other foods can you associate with it?
Mango is best combined with other types of fruit, in delicious and tasty recipes for the baby's age. The fruits that best emphasize its taste are banana, apricot, apple, peach, avocado, para. Although it fits very well with yogurt, cheese or cereals, doctors avoid recommending them in such combinations at baby age, because of the risk of adverse side effects.
Baby mango recipes
Biscuits with apple, mango and avocado
Did you offer your baby mango at the beginning of food diversification? If so, how did he react to his taste, and if not, what were the reasons that prevented you from doing it? Tell us your opinions, but also the suggestions of mango recipes for babies, in the comments section below!
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