Not many fruits are as tempting and delicious as a mango. Kids, young and old, everyone are fond of this tropical fruit. But can it be given to your baby? A lot of babies are fussy eaters and throw tantrums when fed with something new. Mommies are always on a lookout for healthy alternatives to feed their babies. With summers almost here, mangoes can be your savior! So if you are wondering how beneficial mango is for your baby, then read on!
Is Mango Good For Your Baby?
Very good is the answer. Mango is known as the king or the emperor of fruits and this is quite justified. It is very tasty, making it a favorite among young and old alike. It is also packed with nutrition, making it a great item to include in the diet, especially of your baby.
8 Health Benefits Of Mango For Your Baby
- Better Digestion: Mangoes are both rich in fibers and good digestive enzymes. This means that if your baby is having mangoes, he will have a smooth digestion, no constipation, low risk of acidity and better breakdown of proteins
- Better Vision: Mangoes are rich in vitamin A (a small bowl of mango takes care of one fourth of the daily requirement of Vitamin A for your baby). As you know, vitamin A is very significant for eyesight. So having mangoes will prevent multiple problems related to eyes, such as dryness, itching, night blindness, refractive errors and cornea problems, in addition to promoting good vision
- Better Memory: Mangoes have glutamine acid, which is an amino acid important for brain development. If your baby is having mangoes, he will get enough glutamine acid to ensure proper functioning of the brain and better memory. Further, mangoes also contain vitamin B6, which also helps improve brain functioning
- Better Skin: The vitamin A content in mangoes that ensure good vision can also ensure good skin. It will make skin shine, soft and glow. It also helps manage the complexion and moisturize the skin. Mango pulp can also be applied to baby’s skin, and washed off after 10 minutes. This will accentuate the benefits to the skin
- Cures Anemia: Mangoes contain iron. One mango contains 0.5 mg of iron, which boost the number of red blood cells (RBCs) in babies. This can help prevent anemia in children
- Better immunity: Mangoes are rich in vitamin C. It also has high carotene and beta-carotene content. Both these help improve your baby’s immune system. Since children usually have weaker immunity than the adults, this added boost of immunity from mangoes is a welcome. Further, mangoes are also known to improve the epithelial function of the body, and this will help fight any germs and infections in a better way
- Better weight: Most moms are worried about the weight gain of their babies. Mangoes contain lot of good calories that are both nutritious and easily absorbed by the body. This will lead to healthy weight gain in your child
- Sunstroke prevention: Especially during summers, most parents have a tough time taking their babies outdoors for the fear of sunstrokes and hot winds. Juice made from pulp of unripe mangoes are a tasty and healthy way to keep your baby hydrated while also protecting him from sunstroke
5 Tips On Feeding Mango To Baby
While mango is pretty much a risk-free fruit to give it to your baby, please remember the following:
- Make sure you do not feed mangoes to babies younger than six months. It is best suitable for babies who have already started on solids or semi-solids
- Make sure your baby is not allergic to mango, especially if your family has a history of food allergies. Even if not, feed your baby only a small piece on the first day and watch for any allergic reactions. Wait for a minimum of four days before feeding them more mangoes (the same way you would introduce any new food to your baby)
- Make sure that the mango is mashed properly and is without any fiber
- Some mangoes have a lot of fibers which makes it difficult for baby to swallow. So keep the texture of the fruit in mind so that your baby does not choke
- Make sure the mango is ripe enough as unripe mangoes can lead to digestion problems
How To Select And Store Mangoes?
Always select a mango by smelling and touching it. Pick a mango that gives a nice aroma and is soft to touch. Also try to buy mangoes that have no signs of bruises, cuts, nicks or blemishes. The skin of the mango should have a uniform color with a few brown dots here and there. Usually mangoes are orange- yellow, reddish-orange or green in color. Try to squeeze the mango to test its firmness. If the mango is soft to touch then it is ripe and ready for consumption.
Ripe mangoes can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days but do not store the unripe mangoes in the refrigerator. You can cover the unripe mangoes in a paper bag and keep them out for ripening.
How To Make Mango Baby Food?
Thoroughly wash the mango under running water to remove any traces of bacteria on the skin. You can also wash the mango with a mixture of water and vinegar in proportion of 3:1 and then nicely rinse it under water. Mangoes can be pureed or cut into small bite size cubes and served a finger food to your baby. You can even make a smoothie or salad out of it. You don’t have to cook a ripe mango to give to your baby.
As you can see, mangoes are very healthy for your baby. So, do not have any second thoughts. Go ahead and stock your kitchen up with our very own tropical fruits.