Dietitian shares three reasons why avocado is good for your baby

Dietitian: Three reasons why avocado is good for your baby

Dietitian Monique Piderit says avocado is one of the best foods that you can feed your little one. Here is why...

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One of the most crucial aspects of raising a child is paying attention to their diet. 

From the age of six months, babies can eat solid food as a complement to breast-feeding or formula-feeding. 

Although breast-milk offers babies nutrients, as they get older and their bodies develop, babies need solid food to help them get even more nutrients. 

Parents want to make sure they feed their children the healthiest foods possible to boost their immune systems. 

Because babies can't chew, it's important to start them out with smooth-textured foods when teaching them to eat.

Dietitian Monique Piderit says avocado is one of the best first foods to give your baby. 

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Monique says avocado is one of the best foods to try because of its texture. 

"Easy to puree into a consistent texture, avos work very well as one of baby’s first foods when introducing solids," says Monique. 

"From super smooth to slightly lumpy, avos offer a variety of texture options that can be easily adjusted," she adds. 

Apart from that, the dietitian says avocados are packed with nutrients. 

"Good first foods should meet the high nutritional needs of a baby. Avocados are high in energy, high in healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, naturally free from cholesterol and sodium and are a source of fibre – all key in a healthy and balanced diet for a baby."

As babies try out different foods, they might struggle with allergies. Monique says the good thing with avocado is that most children won't be allergic to it. 

"Avos are not a high-risk food when it comes to allergies and can be safely and quickly introduced into your baby’s diet."

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Disclaimer: Health-related information provided in this article is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems. It is always advisable to consult with your doctor on any health-related issues.

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