Thursday, 27th November 2014

Starting Eggs

Posted on 23. Jan, 2011 by in Infant, Stages of Childhood, Uncategorized

Eggs can be a healthy part of a baby’s diet, but it’s probably best to wait until around a year of age. (There’s some debate about this among experts; but most doctors still recommend waiting.) Egg yolks supply healthy fats, calories, vitamins and iron, but the body absorbs iron from egg yolks best if they’re eaten along with a source of vitamin C, such as oranges and other citrus fruit, tomatoes, potatoes, and cantaloupe.  It’s wise to wait until your baby accepts these foods before adding egg yolks. Egg yolks contain a large amount of cholesterol, but it’s not clear that this is a bad thing. Egg whites cause allergies in some babies, especially those with a family history of allergies, so again it may make sense to wait to introduce them.  (Tofu is quite high in iron, with no cholesterol, and probably less chance of triggering an allergy.)

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