Everything you ever wanted to know about infant cereals.

La Mère Poule February, 2013

Why are infant cereals enriched with iron?

Iron is an essential mineral that plays, amongst other things, an important role in red blood cells production critical to your child’s growth.  Fortifying cereals, a common breakfast food and one usually accepted by children, with iron ensures the daily iron requirements are met and thus diminishes the risk of iron deficiency. Public health organizations agree that infant cereals should be included in a child’s diet under the age of 2. That being said, I understand that cereals need to sometimes be “jazzed” up to make them more palatable for your young one. Here are a couple of suggestions to make it happen:

  • If your child already enjoys plain yogurt combine a small amount with its cereal.
  • Conceal fortified cereals in pancake, cookie or muffin preparations (i.e. replace 1 cup (250 ml) of flour in the recipe with the same amount baby cereal).

 

Little by little, that’s the secret

To help your child acquire the taste for baby cereal, mix it with some fruit and vegetable puree, it will help hide the taste and change the texture. Start with larger quantities of vegetables or fruit and then gradually decrease them to retain only cereals. From 12 months on, a great substitute could also be cream of wheat or oatmeal. Generally, these products intended for adults are also fortified with iron but be sure to first check the list of ingredients. Finally, millet, quinoa or even amaranth, are three less known cereals that could become your allies as they are naturally rich in iron. Reduce them to powder using a coffee grinder, then mix with water or milk to cook for approximately 5 to 10 minutes.

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