Mushrooms are tasty treats that come in various textures and flavors that everyone can truly enjoy. However, can babies eat mushrooms? This is the question that was bothering me for ages.
After spending so much time researching about mushrooms, I finally found the answer that I’ve been waiting for so long. According to most websites, babies can eat mushrooms after a certain age. To learn more about this fact, keep on reading.
When Can Babies Eat Mushrooms?
The good news is there’s no strict provision from medical experts against eating mushrooms after a baby begins eating solid food. According to National Health Service (NHS) babies can start eating solid foods when they reach six months old. Many health experts agree that this is the ideal age because the digestive system of your baby has already been developed to bear with solid food.
When feeding mushrooms to your baby, make sure that they’re cooked well to remove any toxic components that may harm your baby’s health. To avoid choking hazards, cut the mushrooms well before serving. Never feed your baby with raw and wild mushrooms because they’re more viable for food poisoning.
Health Benefits Of Mushrooms
You should include mushroom in your baby’s diet because it contains a lot of vitamins beneficial for your baby’s health. Here are some health benefits that you should know.
1. Help Fight Cancer
Mushrooms have antioxidants as high as carrots, green beans, and tomatoes. They also contain selenium, a rare mineral that serves a vital role in liver enzyme function. With the help of selenium, the body is detoxified from cancer-causing elements and help prevent inflammation.
2. Prevent Diabetes
Mushrooms, like portobello and shiitake, are rich in fiber. According to a study, people who consume high fiber foods have a low risk of diabetes. Babies usually need a little amount of fiber in their diet as compared to adults, so feeding a teaspoon of mushrooms may be enough.
3. Stronger Bones And Teeth
Don’t you know that mushrooms contain vitamin D which can rarely be found in fruits and vegetables? Like adults, babies need vitamin D for better absorption of calcium and better immunity system. With the adequate nourishment of vitamin D, normal growth and development of bones and teeth are supported.
Selecting The Best Mushrooms For Your Baby
The best mushrooms for your babies are the mild, white button mushrooms. For beginners, cremini mushrooms are good choices for your baby. As your baby becomes older, you can try other varieties like baby bella, portabella, and shitake.
You can learn how to choose mushrooms in this video here.
To get the best benefits of mushrooms, choose ones that are organically grown. Check the caps first , then the stems and gills to determine their freshness. The caps should have no bruises and doesn’t feel slimy at all.
Fresh mushrooms have a papery kind of fuzz on them. If your portobellos have some brown dust on them, don’t be alarmed because they’re just spores. The stems should be firm and the gills dry.
Storing And Preparing Mushrooms
You can keep your mushrooms fresh in the refrigerator up to seven days. Whole mushrooms stay fresh longer than sliced, so it’s best to keep whole in the fridge. To keep them dry, keep them in a paper bag and wrap in loose plastic.
To prepare your mushrooms for cooking, never soak them in water because they’ll get soggy. Instead, remove the dirt by using a damp paper towel or a wet/dry brush. You can also rinse the mushrooms under a cold running water, but don’t forget to give it a shake to remove any water from the gills.
You can watch how to clean your mushrooms properly in this video
Some Mushroom Baby Food Ideas
Here are a few baby-friendly recipes that you can do with your mushrooms at home.
- Add chopped mushrooms to cheesy scrambled eggs. In a bowl, beat the eggs, together with the milk and mushrooms lightly. Pour the egg mixture into the oiled pan. Add the cheese and stir until it melts.
- Slice mushrooms and saute them on medium heat. Use olive oil or butter for sautéing.
- Make a mushroom puree by blending a mixture of chopped mushrooms, onions, and potatoes in a food processor or hand mixer.
Try Feeding Your Babies With Mushrooms Today!
Can babies eat mushrooms? Definitely yes, if they’re at least six months old and starting to eat solid food. To be safe, choose organic mushrooms. When feeding mushrooms, make sure that they’re cooked and cut into small pieces.
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