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When we introduce onions into the baby's diet

When we introduce onions into the baby's diet


Onion is one of the foods found in most culinary preparations, due to the delicious taste it offers, but also to the important nutritional properties, being one of the main sources of vitamin C for the body. Regarding the introduction of the onion in the diversified menu of the baby, it must be taken into account both the age and the way it is prepared.

When is it fed?

The onion is introduced at different ages in the baby's diversified diet, depending on how it is prepared.

Cooked onion, thermally prepared, is introduced first, somewhere at the age of 8-10 months, and the raw one, only after 1 and a half years, when the baby's stomach matures and is able to withstand the strong substances in it. Until then, raw onion can create a marked digestive discomfort, causing bloating or gas.

What vitamins and minerals contains?

Besides providing vitamins and minerals essential for health, onion is a nutritionally valuable food and due to its high content of fiber or antioxidants (flavonoids, polyphenols) which play an essential role in protecting the body from disease.

Thus, in addition to the increased content of vitamin C, this vegetable also contains:

B vitamins;
vitamin E;
vitamin K.

Of the minerals found in the composition of the food, it is noted:

potassium;
manganese;
calcium;
sodium;
Iron.

How do you choose onions for shopping?

When you go to buy onions for baby foods in diversification, it is advisable to choose varieties that are sweeter and less fast - such as red onions, for example. However, the faster it is, the onion is healthier and more nutritionally valuable. But in the case of the baby, who has a sensitive digestive system, which is barely used to the textures of solid foods, it is advisable to go for sweeter variants. Otherwise, the substances in the vegetable irritate the gastric mucosa, bloating occurs, and the baby experiences unpleasant abdominal cramps.

Always buy onion in shell. Even if there are assortments already cleaned on gallantry, it is advisable that the vegetable is protected by the bark, which must be dry, non-stained and without traces of blows.

What tables do you introduce?

At first, I introduce the onion in the preparations you serve for lunch, around 12:00. As the child gets used to the texture and better tolerates its taste, you can introduce it in the evening preparations.

From 1 year and a half up, you can serve it raw and in salads.

How do you prepare and serve it?

The onion is served cooked at the beginning of the diversification, especially in the soups you offer for lunch, more for the taste you leave in these preparations.

The methods of cooking the onion vary from boiling, to baking or frying on the barbecue, depending on the menus you prepare for the little one.

An important thing to consider when preparing the vegetable is how it is cleaned. Try to remove only the bark of the onion, not the first layers of the vegetable, which are nutritionally valuable.

To get rid of the uncomfortable tearing effect of onion cleaning, there are a few tricks or remedies you can try:

keep it in the fridge for 1 hour before cooking;
• just breathe in your mouth while you clean and mop;
• clean the onion near an air source - window or outside.

Do not clean the onion under running water, because you lose some of the nutrients it contains.

What foods do you associate with it?

Onion is considered a basic ingredient in soups, along with celery, carrots, pickles, pumpkins, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, etc. It can be used successfully in vegetable purees, alongside broccoli or even apple. It can be added to the cereal foods you prepare for the baby up to the age of 1 year.

At what age did you first introduce onions to your baby's menu and what preparations did you add to it? Tell us some suggestions of recipes with onion suitable for the beginning of diversification, in the comment section below!

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