Can my baby eat gluten?
The last few years have seen a growth in issues about the digestive portions of the body. Celiac disease has been around for a long time; however, there has been much more recognition regarding it. We see many times that overweight people, myself included, do everything they can to lose weight.
They come across fad diets online or through television pay commercials, and those too are attempted. Many people who are overweight and people who have stomach issues after eating are now learning not to eat gluten.
What is gluten, and how can it affect your baby? Gluten is a protein that helps food keep the shape it has. It is a glue that holds all things together, as far as food. The poor babies of the world they come in completely innocent, and some can be slammed with gluten intolerance even if they are only breastfeeding.
So gluten is the protein in wheat, barley, and rye. Gluten is found in many common foods that are eaten by us. Pasta, bread, baked goods, and even cookies and crackers have gluten in them. Genetically, yes, a baby can be predisposed to gluten issues when they are born.
These issues include bowel issues from one extreme to the other, nausea and vomiting, bloating and gas, pain, headache, and just plain feeling tired all the time. Gluten can be passed through the breast-milk of nursing mothers and therefore affect a baby.
You all know that humans of all ages can have digestive issues. For a very long time, it has been suggested that parents wait until their baby is at least six months old to begin any foods that contain gluten. The medical field believed that babies younger than that we’re unable to digest gluten.
These science and medical professionals felt that the longer you held off giving infant foods that contain gluten, the better they would be able to handle it. However, today they have determined that including gluten in the baby’s diet, beginning at four months, helps the infant to build a tolerance for gluten. Again, this is what they believe; there is not enough research to back this up.
This is one of those autoimmune diseases that affect less than 10% of the population. Science and Medical have stated that if a child is predisposed to Celiac through the genes, they will likely develop it. Waiting to begin gluten in foods longer will not stop; it will delay the onset of gluten intolerance.
Whole grains have vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Your baby needs all these essential nutrients. Avoiding gluten or buying gluten-free products for your baby means she loses out on this nutrition. Do not get me wrong, you can replace this missing nutrition, but it will take a lot of work to do so. Babies also need a good calorie amount to remain healthy and grow. Eliminating gluten makes it harder to get those calories.
Rice can be a good replacement for grains. However, it has been found that rice plants tend to draw arsenic from the ground. Too much arsenic will create another Arsenic and Old Lace drama. So rice is one of those grains that need to be limited.
They are introducing small amounts of gluten to a baby beginning at four months, while continuing breastfeeding may help to prevent Celiac or any other digestive issue about gluten. Some experts believe that introducing small amounts of gluten starting at four months reduced the baby’s risk of getting the disease by 52%.
The Only Sure Thing
There is one aspect of gluten that most can agree on. When a baby is fed gluten before four months of age, they are more likely to have a gluten intolerance or Celiac as they grow up.
Let Them Eat
I would say that it is a parent’s choice as to when they introduce gluten to their baby. Until there is solid research that shows complete results, let the child enjoy what they like. As a baby, their first foods are finger foods, many of which are products made with gluten ingredients. Finger sandwiches, the little O cereals, toast, biscuits, and even baked goods as a treat once in a while will not cause that damage.
Too Much Time On Your Hands
I would never be one to say that any parent of a baby has too much time on their hands. However, if that parent has the time to design a gluten-free diet, with all nutrients and vitamins and minerals that a baby needs for healthy growth, I am just plain jealous!
Truthfully, that sort of planning has been made easier since I had kids. You can walk into virtually any grocery store and find tons of gluten-free products available. I also suppose, while waiting to give birth, a mom can make her lists of foods that replace all the calories and nutrients that would be eliminated without the gluten.
Effects Of Gluten Free
The bottom line is that living gluten-free may help those who suffer from Celiac Disease, but it can ultimately make people gain more weight. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, have found that a gluten-free diet tends to not only be higher in calories but also higher in heavy metals, such as arsenic.
It must also be pointed out that gluten intolerance does not cause damage to the intestinal lining, as Celiac does. To also answer the question about a gluten-free diet helping to lose weight. This, in essence, depends on what you are replacing the gluten products with.
For those that switch out the pasta, bread, and baked goods for all vegetables and fruits, YES, you will lose weight. Again, losing weight is dependent on the person.
If your output of exercise and calorie burning is higher than your fat and caloric intake, you will lose weight. If feeding your baby gluten-free foods is meant to give them a healthier life, do not do so without speaking to a doctor.