3 Ways To Add DHA To Baby's Diet
The issue of providing sufficient levels of DHA in your pregnancy/breastfeeding diet, as well as baby’s, is an important dietary consideration. The research is in, “plentiful intake of the omega-3 fat DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is essential” for baby’s intellectual potential. DHA is great for baby’s brain development, even for school aged kids! Found primarily in seafood, research also shows that most kids in the US are lacking in omega-3 fats. While maintaining optimal levels of nutrients in one’s diet is best done with the foods we eat, I’ve found these 3 ways to add DHA to my baby’s diet to help.
Hide It In Their Diet
Babies who are not allergic should enjoy moderate intake of wild caught Alaskan salmon and other seafood that is high in DHA. Harmful levels of mercury should be avoided, but hiding a few ounces of seafood in rice or vegetable purees is a great way to add Omega-3 fats into baby’s diet. Especially for babies who are picky eaters or are sensitive to the texture of foods, adding seafood to other foods, finely chopped, will help to get the nutrients down without too many complaints. Also, shop around and you may find your favorite jarred baby food brand already making salmon baby food!
Fish Oil Supplements
While you should take note of the quality of supplements you offer baby (avoid harmful chemicals that are often used to express fish oils, etc), using fish oil supplements is an easy way to make sure baby receives their daily intake of DHA. Also to note, this stuff tastes horrible. My first baby took the oil supplements like a champ, straight from a teaspoon, but not all kids will – including my second baby. For him, I added the drops into his baby food or green smoothies. I found that sweet fruits are key to making sure his supplements are consumed consistently. Fish oil drops are less disguised in his yogurt, too. Try adding the liquid drops to a spoonful of food at a time, so that their entire meal doesn’t taste fishy.
DHA Infused Products
While always better to consume nutrients via a healthy diet, there are many products on the market now infused with DHA and Omega-3 fats. Organic milk brands offer DHA infused products, as well jarred baby foods and crackers. Also consider adding flax seed and oils to boost DHA levels in your baby’s diet.
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