When it comes to your child’s brain development, food plays an important role. Just as certain foods can help boost their physical development, specific food types for your child can help support their cognitive development.
Your child’s food at his early stage in life (probably the first two years) is critical to this development. Food eaten at this stage forms a larger part of the nutrients needed for your child’s brain development.
According to Dr. Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, a member of the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) on nutrition, after six months from birth, breast milk no longer gives the child the needed amount of iron and zinc for his rapid brain development. So, foods containing high amounts of iron, zinc, and calcium should be the first meals for the baby.
If you’re looking to give your child a little extra brain power, consider incorporating these five food types into their diet:
green leafy vegetables
Baby-led weaning is an alternative approach to introducing solids to infants. This feeding style allows toddlers to feed themselves finger foods. Parents using baby-led weaning skip right past the phase of spoon feeding mashed foods and allow the child to start eating all by themselves.
At six months old, children are developed enough to perform the basic movements that can enable them to self-feed properly. For example, the United Nations International Children’s Educational Fund (UNICEF) states that an average six-month-old toddler can sit up unassisted and grasp small items. This means that their parents can practice baby-led weaning by serving them chopped pieces of foods like carrots, potatoes, broccoli, or peas.
Other green leafy vegetables good for your kids are kale, lettuce, and collard green. The good thing is that green leafy vegetables can be kept fresh with the right storage.
This is an excellent source of vitamin D and omega 3, and iodine needed for proper brain development and functioning. In addition, there are many health benefits of eating fish for your child.
The omega 3 helps in proper brain functioning, while the zinc helps form nerve cells. On the other hand, iodine aids thyroid hormone production, which aids brain development. Therefore, it is advisable to give your kids fish that are high in these nutrients—for example, salmon, sardines, and tuna.
Fish can be grilled or served in many ways that may be appealing to your child.
The only drawback of this food type is in Mercury polluted areas. Eating fish or other seafood from these areas can even lead to brain impairment because it may contain Mercury from the environment.
Eggs contain choline and many other nutrients essential for brain development and functions. That makes it very nutritious food and critical for your little one’s brain functioning.
A recent study shows that adding choline to your child’s meal for the first 1000 days from birth benefits brain functioning and nerve cell development. One large egg contains choline that can meet the daily intake requirements.
Eggs also contain high protein, iron, and vitamin A, which are needed for cell repairs, including brain cells.
Whole grains contain vitamins and possess a relatively high level of energy supply. For example, grains contain several vitamin B compounds (riboflavin, niacin, folate) and carbohydrates, the body’s main energy source.
Whole grains also contain minerals like iron, which is responsible for transporting oxygen to the brain. They also have antioxidants, which can protect the brain from aging.
Whole grains can be served to your kid in different ways. That includes bread, cookies, pretzels, tortillas, rice, pasta, and crackers.
These can take just a few minutes to prepare with our baby food processor.
what we know
We have established that a highly nutritious meal is critical for your child’s general brain performance in light of these facts. However, food rich in brain development nutrients is not restricted to just those mentioned above, but adding them to your meals will be a good starting point.
Feeding your child the right foods is important for their brain development. The five food types we’ve listed are a great place to start, but make sure you consult with your pediatrician about other nutrients that may be important for your child. Also, it is advisable not to dwell on only one particular type of food, as this is necessary to give your child a more balanced diet. So, what are some of your favorite healthy foods to feed your little one?
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