Should young children eat meat?

Should young children eat meat?

UNICEF notes that the minimum amount of meat a baby needs is a heaping tablespoon between 6 and 9 months.

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UNICEF notes that the minimum amount of meat a baby needs is a heaping tablespoon between 6 and 9 months.

Food plays a fundamental role in helping children grow up healthy and develop their full potential. When the baby grows up after six months need the nutrients they contain foods that will complement breast milk. The current diet of the little ones not only has short-term effects but also in their life in the future.

Health institutions, as well as organizations focused on childhood and nutrition, constantly emphasize the importance of the foods that children need to consume and those that they should limit, including the added sugar and sodium.

With a balanced diet your physical and mental development. It also reduces the possibility of high blood pressure and overweight in adult life, also a lower risk of diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular, respiratory diseases and emotional problems.

Meat from six months

From six months of age the baby will be able to begin to eat solids. In the first week can be added a heaping tablespoon of cooked meat, crumbled with a fork or chopped with a knife points to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

UNICEF notes that the minimum amount of meat a baby needs is one heaping tablespoon between 6 and 9 months, two tablespoons between 9 and 12, and three heaping tablespoons between 12 and 24 months.

According to American Academy of PediatricsBy the time he is 7 to 8 months old, the baby can eat a variety of foods from different groups. These foods include cereals, meat or other proteins, fruits, vegetables, yogurts, cheeses and more.

Why is meat good for children?

Protein. Meat provides complete protein important for the development of your muscles and organs

Iron. Meat is the best source of heme iron which is more bioavailable than iron no hemo found in plant sources. This mineral is in all meats, pork, lamb, chicken or fish.

Iron is an essential nutrient for the development of the baby. Babies and children with anemia ferropénica (due to iron deficiency) can develop learning difficulties.

Vitamin B12. Only foods of animal origin are a natural source of vitamin B12 points to the Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health.

Fish and shellfish provide the highest amount of vitamin B 12 and vitamin D, in addition to almost all the Omega-3 fatty acids. In babies, signs of a vitamin B12 deficiency include growth retardation, movement problems, and anemia megaloblastics.

Hill. Eggs provide the most choline. The brain and nervous system need it to regulate memory and mood, for muscle control and other functions.

Fish in the diet of children The Harvard Nutrition Source recommends that young children eat two servings of fish per week. Notes that both observational studies and controlled trials have shown that fats Omega-3 in fish are important for the optimal development of a baby’s brain and nervous system.


Any cut of meat is appropriate, even the cheapest. The fat or skin must be removed in the case of chicken. It can be cooked on the grill, boiled, baked or grilled.

Once cooked, the meat should be given unmoved with a fork or grated, but never blended or processed, since then it will be difficult for the child to accept other textures.

Meat and fish cannot be substituted for the nuggets, he Ham, the burgers packaged or other cold cuts and sausages, as they have excessive amounts of fat and salt, and very little iron, which is what the child needs.

Children who do not eat meat

Infants and toddlers who follow a vegetarian diet or vegan they may need specific supplements (such as vitamin B12) in addition to the usual vitamin supplements recommended for all babies. A well-planned diet by a professional is required so that children can get most of the nutrients they need to grow and develop.

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