Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Can baby eat asparagus?


Asparagus in general is a very healthy food and it has the following benefits. First ,it’s loaded with nutrients, incuding fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium. Second, it is a rich source of glutathione and is among the top vegetables with rich antioxidants. Asparagus is also rich in folate and amino acid asparagine. For adults, clearly it is a good vegetable. However, is it good for babies?

If we type this question into Google, the first result is

1. Asparagus - Wholesome Baby Food - Momtastic,

This website suggests "Feeding Your Baby Asparagus as Baby Food. Asparagus is a great veggie to make as a finger food. The spears are fun and interesting for baby to look at." in the Google description.

However, inside, it suggests this food with caution.
"Asparagus, like broccoli or cauliflower, might not be a good choice for one of baby’s first vegetables. Asparagus may cause gas and may be a bit hard for a tiny tummy to digest. Asparagus is best given to an infant between 8-10 months old. If your baby has had any digestive issues, it would be best to introduce asparagus into the diet later rather than sooner. As with any suggested age recommendation, there is no harm in trying asparagus earlier and many babies have been introduced to it earlier than 8 months of age. Keep in mind that some people find that asparagus gives them a bit of gassiness and bloating; watch for these symptoms when you feed your baby asparagus. Asparagus makes a great Baby Finger Food too."

2. The second result is about Asparagus Baby Food Recipes 

Although the main point of this page is a recipe, it indeed has the following paragraph about our question and the opinion is not that positive.

"Asparagus is not considered to be a common allergen, although – as with all new foods – you should use the four day rule as you introduce it. Asparagus contains raffinose, the same substance that’s in beans and which tends to cause gas! However, asparagus contains less raffinose than beans – consequently, it may cause discomfort in some babies and not others. Luckily for us, we’ve never noticed a problem with gassiness in our babies after giving them asparagus! Nevertheless, it’s not a good idea to introduce asparagus as a very first food and it’s best avoided altogether before 6 months of age (please see this page for more information about introducing solids before 6 months). You can try offering asparagus after your baby is enjoying other fruits and vegetables, from 6 months of age, delaying its introduction until later in baby’s first year if he’s prone to upset tummies and gas (wind).

3. The 3rd Google result is Can I Give My Baby Asparagus?

The main point is similar to the first two results.

"Can I Give My Baby Asparagus? Answer: From 8-10 Months.
Most babies are introduced to solid foods between four and six months of age. Until then, formula and breast milk provide all of your child’s essential nutrients. Your baby will give you clear signs to let you know that he or she is ready for solid foods.
Some of these signs include head control, sitting well with support, chewing motions, significant weight gain, growing appetite and showing curiosity about what you are eating."

4. The 4th result is from a famous site

The content is only about "How to Make Asparagus Puree for Babies?" and has nothing to do with our question.


5. The 5th result is from "Asparagus - Baby Led Weaning".

Interestingly, this short article is more positive about feeding babies with asparagus. See below.
"The perfect baby led weaning food, I reckon. Not too messy, easy to prepare and it arrives pre-formed into the Rapley 'chip-shape'. Or the shape of a spear or asparagus, if you will."


To Conclude: Google has provided some good answers to our main question in this case. The first 3 results are consistent in arguing that we should only feed babies asparagus from 8-10 months. However, it could be that those 3 articles refer to the same source; they quote from the same scientific study, or what is worse, they simply copy from each other (or another site being ranked low on Google). The 4th article is irrelevant, and it appears probably because of's superior domain authority. The 5th posting is the dark side of Internet. It is quite misleading and does not mention anything about the potential problem of eating asparagus for babies.


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