Which Cheese is Good for Babies?
Cheese is an important food for baby's health. But which cheese is better and when to start giving cheese to babies? Here are some answers.
Cheese is an important food for baby's health and a powerful ally for growth, especially because it is rich in calcium, an extremely important mineral that helps to build a child's healthy bones and teeth.
Unfortunately, only 35-45% of food calcium is absorbed by the body. For this reason, it is important to take D vitamin with it, which helps calcium to travel from food to our bones. D vitamin can be found foods such as cod liver oil, fish, liver, egg yolks. Apart from calcium and phosphorus, cheese contains noble proteins and all essential amino acids. In addition, it is rich in A vitamin, or retinol, important for the sight, for growth, for the immune system (ie, natural body defense) and for the protection of tissues of organs and glands.
Some fresh cheeses are rich in bacteria, which contribute to balance the intestinal bacterial flora and play an important role in the good functioning of children's intestines. For this reason, one of the best cheeses for babies is Stracchino.
But pay attention: cheese, like any new food, should be offered to babies gradually, starting with a teaspoon just for tasting, in order to detect any possible adverse reactions. Furthermore, dairy products must always be consumed with moderation because they are rich in fat and salt.
When to Introduce Yogurt and Cheese to Your Baby
At this point many of you may be wondering: is cheese too salty for babies? The anser is yes, for this reason it is better to start with Stracchino, Robiola or Ricotta, which are recommended as good low salt cheeses for babies.
It goes without sayiung that in the first 6-month babies should only drink mom's milk. If you have a 6-month-old baby you can start to add a teaspoon of grated Parmigiano or Grana Padano cheese to his/her food (such as Tapioca, Rice Cereal, Oatmeal Cereal or Barley Cereal) even every day.
From the age of 8/9-month you can add some fresh cheeses such as creamy goat cheese, Stracchino and ricotta to his/her diet. You can start with an abundant spoon of cheese and then, at the end of the 9th month, try with 2 tabs, once or twice a week.
When your baby is 1 year old, you can try to offer even cow or buffalo mozzarella, but we recommend to do it with moderation and in small quantities.
After that, other types of cheeses can be introduced, in small doses and always evaluating carefully any adverse reactions of the baby. The daily dose can be increased up to 2/3 tbs, always twice a week.
It is important to consider that cheese is a complete, protein-rich food, so it should never be seved with meat, fish, eggs and legumes. The risk is to overload the baby's body with unnecessary protein.
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