It is no secret that as children grow up, they tend to develop an affinity for sweet tasting food items like sweets, chocolates and ice-cream. It is also well known that they also increasingly avoid healthy foods like vegetables, especially. Most health conscious parents would love to instill healthy eating habits into their children, so that they will grow up to not only understand the importance of a healthy diet, but to also actually live and eat healthily on their own. In order to achieve this goal, most parents consider feeding their children with fruits and vegetables as early as possible, and for those that cannot chew yet, the parents turn to juicing.
Babies Are a little Different
It may seem sensible to some parents to start feeding their babies with raw juice as early as possible, but the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against giving fruit juice to babies less than 6 months old. An exception to this would be in the case of a constipation, where fruit juice could be used to solve the problem, but as always, consult a doctor first. It is also recommended that after the 6 or 8 initial months, the baby can then be slowly introduced to very diluted quantities of juice.
Precautions When Giving Juice to Babies
Babies have a body made up of different systems that are still in development. This makes it important that proper care is taken with their nutrition. As much as parents may want a baby to be fed healthily just like them, there are major differences between the parent’s bodies and the body of their baby. This makes it impossible for a baby to consume juice in the same manner as the parents.
The following are some of these points to consider:
Choosing a Juicer for Your Baby
When deciding on the perfect juicer for your baby, the ability to juice both fruits and vegetables properly, will be a deciding factor. This is because although your kid may tend to love the normally sweeter juices from fruits, vegetables on the other hand can be really nutritious and are therefore also necessary for your baby’s optimal health. In addition to that, leafy vegetables are a must, and so this requirement of being able to properly juice leafy greens puts centrifugal juicers out of the question. So now, you are left with the choice of either a masticating or a hydraulic press juicer. But since masticating juicers normally have a homogenizing function, and hydraulic press juicers don’t, the best juicer for your baby will be a masticating juicer(also called slow juicer).
The Homogenizing Juicer
Most masticating juicers have extra parts or chambers that can be swapped on the machine to temporarily change it from a juicer into a grinder of sorts. Set this way, you can then make baby-food inside the juicer. You can also make fruit-sorbets, grind coffee and make peanut butter, including other things. The masticating juicer will not only finely juice both fruits and all types of vegetables for your baby’s health, it will also make baby-food, including plenty of other interesting recipes.
Babies initially don’t need the extra nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables, but they do need it in their adulthood. In order to raise a healthy and health-conscious child therefore, you will have to slowly incorporate raw juice into your baby’s diet, but only starting from the appropriate age for your kid. If done well anyway, your child should develop a healthy attitude towards raw juicing and healthy living and in that case, your work will have been done.