Banana Nutrition

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The Goodness of the Banana:

Bananas are often chosen as the first food for babies, and it's no wonder why. Sweet, tasty and nutritious, many babies respond eagerly to the new taste. As more and more parents realize that you can skip infant cereal, bananas are a great choice for your baby's first exposure to solid foods. Banana nutrition + great taste = happy babies and parents.

Banana Nutrition Information:

Bananas are packed with many of the nutrients that your baby needs. Sometimes referred to as a "power food," it's got the perfect combination of being rich in potassium but low in sodium, making it a heart-healthy fluid. Additionally, it has an abundance of vitamins, particularly Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin B2. Filled with those healthy vitamins and nutrients, but low in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium, you can feel confident offering it to your baby. Just a word of caution, though known for settling upset tummies and diarrhea, eating too many bananas may lead to constipation.

Nutrients in Bananas:

Inside the basic banana (126 grams in weight) is contained the following amounts of nutrients and vitamins. Keep in mind your baby will have a significantly smaller portion size, especially if you are only beginning solid foods.

  • 110 calories
  • 0 calories from fat
  • 0 cholesterol
  • 0 sodium
  • 450 g potassium

Convenience in Making Homemade Banana Baby Food:

One of the great things about bananas for baby food is how simple it is to take a banana and make it into some homemade baby food. They come in their own little jackets, it's not necessary to wash the banana, and really the only baby food equipment you need to purée bananas is a fork.

It's that simple and saves you money over jarred foods.

Age to Introduce Bananas:

The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to wait between 4 to 6 months before beginning any solids. That being said, several other health groups strongly encourage waiting until closer to the end of that 6-month range before beginning solids. Talk to you pediatrician about the ideal time to introduce foods to your baby.

Choosing and Storing Bananas:

Select bananas from the store that are yellow to yellow-green in color, without many black spots. The banana is ready for your baby when most of the green has turned to a yellow hue, and the banana pulls from the bunch with ease. Store bananas in their jackets at room temperature, not in a refrigerator. Once you've made your purée, you can store it in the fridge or freeze baby food. Do note that bananas will suffer from browning once prepared. This is perfectly normal and still fine for your baby to eat.

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