- Vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, C, E and calcium which can increase cell growth and build body tissue.
- The disease that generally affects children is usually type 2 diabetes, therefore vegetables are very important as well as fruits where there are many ingredients or substances that can protect against the disease, because children should learn to like vegetables so they can get it. build a habit of healthy living until they reach adulthood, because vegetables can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and high blood pressure as well as several other diseases
- Vegetables can help children prevent dehydration because they contain lots of fluids
- Vegetables can also prevent excess weight because they contain substances that are low in calories and fat, however, vegetables have high nutrients that can be absorbed by the body perfectly. Therefore, some children who eat a lot of vegetables tend to have lower body weight.
- Vegetables are rich in high fiber content so that children feel full and also prevent constipation, but vegetables can also reduce children’s risk of heart disease and cholesterol when they become adults. Most kids today get only half of the best sources of fiber, including baked potatoes and sprouts
Seeing the many benefits that can be gained from consuming vegetables, it is therefore a good idea to make friends with vegetables in providing food to your children from an early age. After 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding, start introducing vegetables to your baby before introducing fruits as a supplement. complementary foods of breast milk. Because babies will record the taste of vegetables, so if fruits are introduced that taste sweet first, the baby is worried that the baby will not like vegetables.
Some vegetables that babies eat at 6-12 months of age:
- Celery. In general, celery parents are used as a food flavor enhancer such as making soup but celery can also be used as a mixture of porridge or rice for the baby team, because in celery there is a good amount of calcium and phosphorus. 100 grams of celery contains 50 milligrams of calcium and 40 grams of phosphorus.
- Spinach. Very good for the development of the baby’s brain because it is rich in high vitamin A and B vitamins, vitamin C, folic acid, manganese phosphorus, calcium and iron minerals.
- Chayote. Rich in phosphorus and calcium.
- Carrot very good for eye health because it contains vitamin A which is quite high.
- Broccoli. Even though the shape is a bit hard but for baby consumption it should be made soft so that it can be eaten by the baby. Broccoli contains substances rich in calcium and pholic acid.
- Tomato. It contains quite a lot of vitamin C.