Salt, Sugar and other Additives
Should sugar be added to the baby's food
Sugar and other artificial sweeteners
should not be added to the child's diet unnecessarily (such as in juices).
It may be added to food preparations like seera, but jaggery is definitely
better than sugar, since jaggery is rich in iron.
When should salt be introduced
Since the baby's system is not geared
to handle too much salt in the early months, it is better to keep the baby's
salt intake to a minimum. Most vegetables already contain a sufficient
amount of salt (or sodium), therefore additional salt is not required.
As the child grows, additional salt can be added so that when the child
reaches one year of age, he is having regular food prepared for the whole
Should ghee, butter or oil be added to the child's food
There are mixed opinions on this
subject. Some doctors feel it is better to avoid all fatty additives
like ghee, oil and butter until the child is at least 9 months old.
Other doctors believe these substances are high in calories, calories
that are essential for the baby's growth. Since the child can only
eat a limited amount at a time, if ghee or butter has been added to his
food, he gets a lot more calories. Ghee is preferred over butter
because butter contains salt.
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