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When we introduce currants into the baby's diet

When we introduce currants into the baby's diet

The currants, whether they are black, white or red, make their place in the diversified menu of the child starting at the age of 1 year. These fruits are one of the most valuable sources of vitamin C or antioxidants for the body, and parents should consider them more when designing their child's menu.

What vitamins and minerals do they contain?

Besides the high concentration of vitamin C, currants are a rich source of nutrients essential for the growth and development of the child:

vitamins

Vitamin A
Vitamins B1, B2, B6
Vitamin E

minerals

Phosphorus
Calcium
Magnesium
Zinc
Potassium
Iron

What are the health benefits of the child?

Currants are, like the other berries, foods with precious role in the proper functioning of the child's body, among their main benefits being:

strengthening immunity and protecting against infections;
• Improving vision and preventing olfactory disorders;
• development of bones, tissues and ligaments;
• energizing the body;
• treatment of arthritis and rheumatism;
• pain relief;
• treating diarrhea;
• regulation of hypertension;
• treatment of skin conditions: dermatitis, eczema, etc.

How do you choose currants?

Currants are considered summer fruits, because they are harvested in July. The black variety is baked faster, the red and white varieties being followed somewhere about two weeks away from it. The fruits can be bought at other times of the year, but in frozen form. Black currants are the most popular and consumed varieties. These are not collected according to very complicated criteria. They are ripe when they are very dark in color.

What meals does the child introduce?

The currants are introduced in the morning tables of the child, which are taken around 10 am-11pm. It should be offered before 30 minutes of milk tables or 2 hours afterwards, to avoid indigestible effects. As the child grows, the currants will also make room in the preparation of snacks between meals or desserts served during the day.

How do you prepare and serve them?

The currants are introduced into the fruit juices and purees that you usually give to the child. It is not recommended to offer them in their natural state, in the form of snacks, up to the age of 4-5 years, as they increase the risk of drowning through food. In time, the currants will be introduced into puddings, desserts, pies and other preparations that you enter in his menu.

What other foods can you associate with them?

Currants are best combined with other types of fruits, especially those of forest, bananas, peaches, apricots or avocados. But they can also be associated with vegetables, in the juices, smoothies and purees that you serve to the little one, depending on his preferences.

Have you ever given your baby currants? At what age did you first serve them and in what form? Were there any allergies or signs of intolerance? Tell us your opinions and tips in the comments section below!

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