Can Babies Eat Nuts

Can Babies Eat Nuts?

Botanically speaking, nuts are fruits composed of an inedible hard shell and an often edible seed, but when referring to nuts, people usually think of a large variety of dried seeds. Actually, any large, oily kernels found in a shell and used as ingredients in food are considered nuts.

Nuts are high in oils, especially in omega-6 and omega-3, transforming them into a healthy,   energy-dense and nutrient-rich food. Nuts can be consumed raw, sprouted, roasted or even pressed for their oil, which is not only used in cooking, but also in cosmetic products.

Some of the most commonly used nuts are: almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, peanut, pecan, pistachios, walnuts, macadamia nuts.  

Almonds have many benefits, if consumed on a regular basis, they help in the brain development of babies, aid digestion, strengthen bones and teeth. Cashews are high in calcium, so they are also good for bones and teeth. Pistachios are a great source for vitamin B6 and potassium. Nuts are usually a good source for protein, dietary fibers, they help keep blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control. Unfortunately they are also among the most frequent food allergens.

When Can Nuts Be Introduced Into Your Baby’s Diet?

Most nuts like almonds, cashews are considered to be super food for babies and adults, yet nuts can be introduced into a baby’s diet at different stages of their lives. Beside the high risk of choking, there is the allergy hazard. Whole nuts and peanuts should not be offered to children under 5 years, but in a crushed form, nuts can be given to babies starting at the age of 6 months old.

Chia Almond Butter Overnight Oats

Ingredients: ½ cup of old fashioned oats, ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 tsp maple syrup, ¼ tsp vanilla extract, 1 ½ tsp chia seeds, 2 tsp almond butter, ½ cup almond milk. Optional toppings: fresh berries, sliced bananas and almonds.

Put all the ingredients in a bowl, stir until they are well mixed. Pour the mixture in jars, or leave it in the bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight. Before serving, stir again and add toppings.

FAQ

What are nuts?

Botanically speaking, nuts are fruits composed of an inedible hard shell and an often edible seed, but when referring to nuts, people usually think of a large variety of dried seeds.

How healthy are nuts?

Nuts are high in oils, especially in omega-6 and omega-3, transforming them into a healthy, energy-dense and nutrient-rich food. Nuts are usually a good source for protein, dietary fibers, they help keep blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control. They also help in the brain development of babies, strengthen bones and teeth.

When can you start giving nuts to your baby?

Whole nuts and peanuts should not be offered to children under 5 years, but in a crushed form, nuts can be given to babies starting at the age of 6 months old.

The risks of giving nuts to your baby?

Beside the high risk of choking, there is the allergy hazard.

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