Can Babies Eat Avocado?
The avocado 🥑, also called avocado pear or alligator pear, is actually the fruit of a tree most likely originating from Mexico. The word itself comes from the Spanish aguacate. Botanically it is a large berry, which contains a single large seed. The avocado has a green-skinned, fleshy body and may have different shapes: pear-shape, egg-shape or spherical. Avocado trees are partially self-pollinating. Avocados are commercially important and are being cultivated especially in tropical or Mediterranean climates all around the world. One of the world’s biggest avocado suppliers is Mexico, with a contribution of 34% to the avocado supply of the world in 2017.
Cave paintings and fossil evidence from Coxcatlan Cave, from Tehuacan Valley, dating from around 9000 to 10000 years ago prove the use of persea americana, or the avocado in the human diet.
Avocado for Adults
Avocados are very nutritious, they contain high levels of vitamin K, C, B5, B6, E, folate, potassium and small amounts of magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, vitamin A, B1, B2, B3. Avocados reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels in your system. Their fat content helps you to absorb nutrients from plant foods. Avocados are high in antioxidants, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which contribute to the health of your eyes. Avocado extracts are proven to be helpful in relieving symptoms of arthritis.
Avocado for Babies
Avocados are high in potassium, fiber and “good fat”, which are important for a baby’s brain development and growth. Avocados are recommended as first food for babies, if they are mashed. Diced pieces can be given to babies around eight months, so that they can even learn how to feed themselves.
Avocados do not need cooking, they are mainly served fresh. They can easily be mixed with applesauce, peaches, pears, bananas or even with yogurt, to make quick homemade baby food.
Creamy Avocado Banana Baby Food
Recommended for 4-6 Months Old Babies
Take a ripe avocado and roll it gently around your table to help separate the fleshy body from the shell and then take the seed out. Mash the “meat” with a fork. Peel and mash one banana. Place the two ingredients into a blender or a food processor and puree them until you get the desired texture.
An oral avocado allergy is triggered when you eat avocado and your body treats it as an invader, alerting your immune system to refuse it. Your body reacts with mild to severe allergy symptoms, such as itching of your lips, mouth, and throat. People can usually have an oral avocado allergy if they’re also allergic to birch pollen.
What is avocado?
The avocado is a tree originating from south-central Mexico and its oliy fruit, also called an avocado, is botanically a large berry containing a single large seed. This is the main ingredient of the avocado toast sandwich that is served with salt and pepper, olive oil, hummus and other optional toppings.
How healthy is avocado?
Avocados improve digestion, decrease the risk of depression, and protect against cancer. It's a great source of vitamins C, E, K, and B6, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids.
When can you start giving avocado to your baby?
A great first food for babies, avocados burst with essential fats and nutrients. Smooth and creamy, avocados are easily digested and well tolerated by most babies!
The risks of giving avocado to your baby?
Being smooth and creamy it's easy to swallow and there's no risk of choking. There can be a risk of oral avocado allergy with mild to severe symptoms.