The one Indian staple that must be a part of your baby’s diet
From boosting digestion to increasing your baby's immunity this Indian food has loads of health benefits for your baby
Ghee is a staple ingredient in every Indian household and one that is known for its nutrition content. For ages, we have been eating ghee in our dals and halwa. Even today whenever I visit my mother’s home, she gives me ghee chupadi roti for lunch and dinner. Even I give ghee to my five-year-old daughter every day.
However, strangely the fitness conscious mums of today think that ghee is not good for their child’s health and they refrain from adding ghee to their foods, which leaves me appalled. Did you know ghee is one of the healthiest fat that is available in the market? Better still, you can even make it at home and give the purest form of ghee to your child.
If you’re still not convinced, here are a few health benefits of ghee for your infants and kids.
1.The healthiest form of fat
Kids, especially babies, double their birth weight by the age of 6 months and this is why they need all the energy in the world to cope with the growth spurts.
Ghee can provide them with that much-needed energy that keeps them up and about during the day (and mothers can sleep peacefully in the night). It would also aid in their healthy growth and development.
2. Is easy-to-digest
Desi ghee is a better option as compared to butter as it is lower in fat and is easy-to-digest. Babies have immature digestive systems, which is why it is essential to give them fats that can be easily digested. It is the healthiest fats available in the market today and does not put a pressure on the baby’s gut.
3. Boosts brain health
Not only is desi ghee loaded with the vitamins A, D, E, and K, it also contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) a type of healthy fat which is essential for brain growth and development in infants. Science says that home-made desi ghee is packed with DHA.
Its brain-boosting properties are even mentioned in Ayurveda and it is said that ghee promotes learning and increases memory retention.
Continue on the next page to read about the other health benefits of ghee.
4. Is the best form of cooking oil
Ghee contains only saturated fat and has a very high smoking point and doesn't burn easily while cooking. It can be unhealthy to heat polyunsaturated oils such as vegetable oils to high temperatures, which also leads to the formation of peroxides and other free radicals that are harmful for the health.
5. Is packed with antioxidants
Not only does desi ghee help in the absorptions of vitamins and minerals, it is also packed with antioxidants that help strengthen the immune system. They also help in increasing the body's resistance to disease, which means that your child will not fall sick that often, especially during the change of seasons.
How much ghee should you be giving your child?
It really depends on the age and the taste of your child. Start by adding half a teaspoon of ghee to your child's dal or khichdi and slowly increase the quantity to one teaspoon a day. Refrain from giving more than two teaspoons of ghee to your child every day as anything in excess is not good for your child's health.
If you are introducing ghee to your baby's diet, give not more than half a teaspoon of ghee to your child every day and observe him for a week. Slowly, you can increase the quantity. It is advisable to use homemade ghee for your baby as it is free of preservatives and other trans fat.
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