The main advantage of potatoes is the high content of carbohydrates, so the product is especially suitable for kids who are slowly gaining pounds. But even overweight children do not have to give up the “popular” root crop, because 100 g contains only 80 kcal (for comparison: there are 4 times more buckwheat in the same amount).
Another value of tubers – a high content of vitamins B1, B3, B6, K, C. Enough in potatoes and minerals. For example, in terms of potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus, it is ahead of some vegetables and fruits (for example, banana and broccoli).
But the fiber in the tubers, on the contrary, a little, so the abdominal distention does not occur. Another important plus is the minimum content of essential oils.
For this reason, allergy to potatoes is very rare.
Choose small and intact tubers. Starting in February, you should not give your baby dishes from potatoes that were stored in the cellar or in a warehouse – the likelihood of being infected with infections that rodents suffer is too great.
Store root should be in a dark place at a temperature of 5-6 ° C. In other conditions, it turns green, and the toxic compound solanin appears in the peel.
To protect yourself from it, you need to peel potatoes by cutting off 1 cm of the upper layer.
Mashed potatoes are recommended to be introduced into the baby’s diet not earlier than 7–8 months. For the first acquaintance, it is better to choose ready-made canned options.
First give the baby 1 tsp. mashed potatoes, better in the first half of the day. After a couple of days, if there is no allergy or gastric upset, offer the crumbs a new side dish again.
After 1-2 weeks, squash or cauliflower can be added to the puree. But you should not get involved in potatoes: it is enough to give them 2-3 times a week.