This is a popular question among new parents. Some people assume that babies must only eat bland and flavorless food. While it is true that babies should not have added sugar or salt in their food as it can be harmful to baby’s health, seasoning is actually safe and adds an interesting aroma and zest to cooking.
Adding seasoning to baby's food can be a great way to make their food more interesting and also provides many benefits. Let’s find out how great natural seasonings can be to your babies!
- Adds flavour to food
Adding flavour to baby food makes the transition from human milk to family food less abrupt. Herbs like basil and parsley, as well as spices cinnamon, onion & garlic powder work well for babies because they do not overwhelm the natural flavor of the food.
- Prevent using sugar & salt
Baby food is bland and mushy, and it's a good idea to add some flavor so your baby won't get bored. But there is a more important reason to add seasonings, which is also to avoid adding salt and sugar into the food. Too much sugar is bad for your baby's emerging teeth, while too much salt is bad for their kidneys .
- Train baby's taste bud
In order to develop flexibility in their taste buds, babies need to be exposed to foods that exhibit a wide range of flavor profiles. By introducing varied tastes early on, parents can help children develop healthy eating habits and a willingness to try new things. In other words, it may help minimize picky eating as they grow and be more adventurous when it comes to exploring new foods.
- Teaches baby to expect change with food
When parents offer babies diverse and flavorful foods, they are teaching them that food can taste different from one day to the next. This is important because it helps children learn not just what their favorite foods are, but what their least favorite foods are as well. Children who have been introduced to different flavors early on are more likely to be willing to try new foods and less likely to reject certain types of cuisine out of hand.
- Help babies to transition to family food
Adding seasoning to baby food aids in the transition from a primarily liquid diet to family foods. As your baby becomes more familiar with the taste of family food, this means a simpler and more enjoyable mealtime experience. Continuous exposure leads to familiarity which leads to acceptance from your baby.
- Absorb more nutrients
Many spices, herbs and baby food powders are packed with vitamins and minerals and they also have many benefits, ranging from antioxidant properties to anti-inflammatory properties, immune system improvement and plenty of other benefits too.
We want our babies develop their sense of tastes and explore new flavors aside from eating pureed baby foods. Seasoning their food while they are still teething develop babies sense of taste, as well as making them enjoy the taste and chewing. In fact, appetizing food is beneficial to your baby because it will facilitate feeding and can also help them to better absorb the nutrients in their food.
Written by: Jasmine Lim
Love Earth Organic Nutritionist
Bachelor of Science Degree in
Dietetics (major) & Food Science (minor)
Iowa State University, USA