Yes, you can introduce garlic to your baby’s diet once they are six months old.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends introducing babies to solid food, which is food other than breast milk or formula at six months old. This solid food provides an additional source of nutrition and energy for your growing baby at a time when a liquid diet wouldn’t be enough.
The food serves as a secondary nutritional source for your baby and provides them with the energy they need to support their activities and growth once they start moving independently. This increased activity requires more energy that requires an additional source to complement their milk diet. Your baby’s breast milk or formula should still serve as a primary source of nutrition until they are 12 months old.
Garlic is a popular seasoning that is added to almost every food. Its versatility makes it a great addition to all savory meals. Adding spices and herbs to your baby’s diet is a great way to widen their palate. It is important to introduce your baby to aromatic spices and not hot spices. This is because aromatic spices stimulate taste receptors, while hot spices stimulate pain receptors.
Hot foods can be painful for your baby, and it’s best to steer clear of them or serve them in their most muted or tamed versions.
What is Garlic?
Garlic is an herb. It is a popular herb that is grown all over the world. It is native to Siberia and spread to other parts of the world through trade and migration over 5000 years ago.
It is closely related to onions, shallots, leeks, and chives. It has been around so long that the ancient Egyptians used it as a flavoring for food and medicine. It was also used in ancient Rome.
Garlic comes in many forms. It is often sold as a bulb, where the cloves are crushed for consumption. It is also available crushed into small pieces and stored in olive oil to keep it fresh. There are also garlic powders available.
Garlic has probably lasted so long as part of the human diet because it is a great addition to savory meals. It can be eaten raw but is mostly used to flavor oils and food during cooking.
Benefits of Garlic
Garlic has been used not only to flavor food but also to provide medicinal benefits. It has been used to treat sickness like the common cold, where it reduced symptoms by 70% in 5 days.
It has been found to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. Garlic is a great source of antioxidants that are important in protecting the body against free radicals, which cause cell damage.
Nutritional benefits of Garlic
Garlic is a great source of manganese. Manganese is important for your baby’s growing body because it helps reduce inflammation, helps regulate blood sugar, and has been linked to reducing epileptic seizures.
It also contains vitamin b6, which aids the body in hemoglobin production and promotes healthy eyesight.
Garlic is also a great source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is important because it helps your baby’s body absorb iron, which is important in the formation of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a compound that your baby’s body needs to transport oxygen to all cells in the body.
Garlic also provides your baby with a source of copper. Copper is a trace mineral that your baby’s body uses to maintain healthy bones, blood vessels, and nerves. It also improves the functioning of the nervous system. Copper is also important in the formation of red blood cells.
Garlic also contains selenium, which is important in enhancing cognitive function. Calcium is important in building and maintaining strong bones in your baby’s body. It is especially important for growing babies. It also helps support proper nervous system function.
Phosphorus is needed to filter the kidney and builds strong bones and teeth. Thiamin is essential in converting carbohydrates to energy, which your baby needs to support their activities.
Adding garlic to your baby’s meals
Garlic is an herb that adds flavor to meals. It is best added to savory meals or meals that are not sweet.
It pairs well with many dishes. You can make your baby garlic potatoes. You can use baby potatoes, which are cut. You can add minced garlic and basil to the butter. You can melt the butter on your stovetop until the garlic is soft.
Boil the potatoes in water and remove them while they are still firm. You can season the potatoes before adding them to a pan of olive oil until they are golden and crispy. Once you take the potatoes off the stovetop, you can add the butter to the potatoes.
You can also cook the potatoes in the oven. You can also make potato cakes for your baby with garlic.
Other ways to serve garlic
On its own, garlic is bitter, but it is a great complement to food for your baby. It can be added to meat, bread, and soups for your baby. It can also be added to beans, rice, which is served as a savory dish such as Thai rice and butter to enhance flavor.
The number of ways you can add garlic is plenty and only take your imagination. It is important to practice moderation when serving your baby any food. It is especially important when it comes to spices and herbs.
Check with your Doctor about adding food to your baby’s diet. If you are introducing new food to your baby’s diet, follow the four-day rule. Wait four days after feeding your baby new food to observe any allergic reactions. This helps you easily pinpoint the food they reacted to in the case of a reaction.
Remember to balance your baby’s diet. Make food from all food groups available to them without treating one food as more special than the others. This will help your baby develop better-eating habits and a balanced approach to food that will serve them well their whole life.