Can Babies Eat shrimp

Can Babies Eat shrimp?

Shrimps are widespread small crustaceans with long narrow muscular tails, long whiskers and slender, fragile legs. They are sometimes confused with prawns. They have an important role in the food chain, being a food source not only for larger fish, but also to whales. Their muscular tails can be consumed by humans, this part of their bodies’ is why they are fished and farmed for.

Shrimps are usually sold whole, but frozen. Sushi has shrimps as one of its main components. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, in calcium, protein, iodine and cholesterol, but they are low in iron, magnesium, mercury and in food energy. They are among the most common food allergens.

Is Shrimp Healthier Than Chicken?

As we all know, meat contains fat, which makes it unhealthy. But shrimp has lower levels of fat and calories than lean beef and chicken. Shrimp is high in cholesterol, which is bad for the heart.  

When Can Babies Have Shrimp?

Fish can be introduced into a baby’s diet at different stages, depending on the type of fish. Salmon can be given to babies starting at the age of 6 – 9 months, being a great first food, but shellfish like lobster, clams or shrimp can be given only later on, at the age of 1 year old.

Carrot & Tomato With Shrimps, Coconut Milk, Curry & Coriander Puree For Babies

Ingredients: 100g carrots, 70g potatoes, 45g tomatoes, 35g shrimps, 30ml coconut milk, 1 pinch of chopped fresh coriander, a little curry, 1 tbsp olive oil, mineral water.

Peel and slice the carrots, the potatoes and the tomatoes into thin slices and put them into a steam basket. Cook the vegetables for about 15 minutes, until they get tender. Peel the shrimps, remove all the hard parts: the tail, head, carapace and legs, and put them into a frying pan and lightly brown them for 1 minute on each side over medium heat. Once they turn lightly brown, add the coconut milk, the coriander and a little bit of curry. Boil on a low heat for about 4 minutes. Put the cooked through vegetables into a blender, add the olive oil and some cooking water and blend until smooth. Cut the shrimps into small pieces and mix them with the earlier prepared puree.


What is a shrimp?

Shrimps, usually confused with prawns, are widespread small crustaceans with long, narrow and muscular tails, long whiskers and thin legs.

How healthy is shrimp?

Shrimps are low in mercury, but they are high in cholesterol. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Cholesterol is bad for the heart, whereas omega-3 fatty acids aid the heart.

When can you start giving shrimp to your baby?

Shrimp can be given to babies at the age of 12 months old.

The risks of giving shrimp to your baby?

Babies can choke on shrimp, if it is not cut to small pieces.

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