FAQs you must read to make your baby’s food more digestible
Feeding solid food to your baby for the first time can be a slippery slope. Even though your baby starts eating food from the age of 6 months, you still need to make sure that the food is easy to digest.
Here are some frequently asked questions about how to make foods easily digestible for babies that will make your feeding experience less stressful and more joyous. Let’s get started.
- What are sprouts?
Cereals and pulses can be easily germinated. This makes them easier to digest and enhances their nutritional value. To germinate whole grains or pulses, soak them in water overnight. The next morning, drain out the water and tie the grains in a muslin cloth. You need to leave them like that for 7-8 hours or until seedlings appear from these grains.
- How can you feed your baby sprouts?
Germinated grains or sprouts can be easily incorporated into your baby’s diet. An easy way to feed your baby sprouts is to boil them and mash them.
- What are the benefits of sprouts?
When a seed is germinated, dormant enzymes within it are activated. This makes a baby food easy to digest and increases the nutritional content. For example, minerals like iron, calcium and zinc are released and are made easier to absorb. Similarly, folic acid, niacin, riboflavin, biotin and choline contents are also higher in germinated grains compared to un-germinated ones.
- What is malted food?
When seeds are germinated under controlled conditions, the result is known as malted food. Malting activates enzymes that convert complex starches into an easily digestible form. The process also releases proteases that help proteins break down into simpler forms. Thus, it aids in smooth digestion.
- How can you feed your baby malted foods?
Many breakfast cereals, milk concentrates and processed baby foods use the malting process to make the food easier to digest.
- What are the benefits of malted foods?
Malting improves digestion for kids and makes it easier for them to absorb nutrients from foods that would otherwise be too complex to digest.
Amylase Rich Foods (ARF)
- What are Amylase Rich Foods?
Amylase Rich Foods refer to germinated cereal flour found in digestive food for babies. These foods are very rich in an enzyme known as alpha-amylase. In their original form, processed baby foods take the form of a thick, viscous gruel, which may be difficult to digest and have low nutrient value. Adding ARF to such foods makes them easier to digest.
- What are the benefits of Amylase Rich Foods?
Along with making the food easier to digest, ARF also makes the nutrients in the food easier to absorb. Also, it reduces the viscosity of the food, thus making it more appealing to your baby.