Barley for Babies
Barley is a super food and is considered a complete food. Babies grown on barley are believed to be very strong. Since barley is a complete source of all the nutrient essentials of our body, it is a breakfast material through out the world.
There are different ways of giving barley to your baby. Some begin with barley water and slowly introduce barley porridge as filling food for babies.
Benefits of Barley:
- Healthy Intestine
- Healthy Immune system
- Prevents Gall stones
- Prevents cancer and heart disease
- Controls cholesterol level
- Controls Diabetes
Why should I give Barley to my baby?
Barley is rich in fibre and is one of the most nutritious grains. Barley contains amino acids, B vitamins, Vitamin A Vitamin C, Niacin, Folate. It is also a hub for many of the minerals like Potassium, Magnesium, calcium, iron, sodium and many more.
Studies have revealed that consumption of barley has helped in preventing the occurrence of asthama in babies and small children. Barley regulates the blood sugar level.
The best thing about barley is it can be made into a cereal or cooked into a soup or porridge consistency. It is easily blendable.
Adding barley in baby food chart immediately boosts their nutritional value.
When can I introduce Barley to my baby?
Barley contains gluten, a type of protein. There are cases of gluten allergy. So, the safe option is to wait for at least until the baby turns 6 months and gradually introduce barley while observing every move of your baby for any allergic reaction.
Consult your baby’s doctor for more detailed information of your baby’s diet and other specifications.
How to store barley?
Pearl barley is the widely used barley. It is easy to cook pearl barley and that is the main advantage.
Pearl barley can be stored for long months in a cool dry place. Air tight containers also help a lot in the storage of the barley. If barley is milled, then it might need refrigeration to prevent the ground barley from going rancid.
If you are doing the milling yourself, then it is advisable to do in small batches as and when required for use.
Hope this post motivates you to introduce barley to your baby. :-).
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