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Although fish has traditionally been introduced into the baby's diet quite late, it is a very important pillar of the Mediterranean diet, as nutritious or more than meat, and much easier to eat, always being careful with the bones.
On our site we tell you why fish is so important in children's diet and what type of fish is the most suitable for children.
At present it is known that not necessarily by postponing its introduction into the Mediterranean diet allergies or intolerances are prevented, but rather the opposite, so fish can be introduced when starting complementary feeding without problem, except in cases where the specialist recommends it, of course.
In general, the only rule that applies in the case of fish is the same as in that of other foods, you have to allow a few days between the introduction of one type of fish and another to check that the baby tolerates it without problems. The early introduction of fish in the child's diet usually ensures its acceptance, so it is another advantage to take into account. It is much better for the child to learn to eat and accept all foods without camouflaging them or hiding them in their food than to resort to these tricks, since this way they differentiate flavors and eat consciously, something ideal to establish their eating habits.
First you have to distinguish two types of fish, white and blue. There is no rule that requires starting with one or the other, although generally the target is introduced first:
- White fish they are hake, sole, whiting, grouper, or fresh cod, and they have a milder flavor than blue fish. In addition, white fish has less fat, although this also means that it has less essential fatty acids, essential for nutrition.
- Blue fish are for example anchovies, sardines, tuna and bonito, salmon or mackerel ...
Nutritionally, fish is one of the healthiest foods for children, It is rich in proteins of high biological value, in minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iodine, iron, and in vitamin D and some of group B. Oily fish also contains other fat-soluble vitamins, as well as the famous Omega 3 acids, which help prevent possible heart problems.
In addition, the smallest fish, since they are consumed with their own spine, are a very important source of calcium, especially in the case of children who do not get enough dairy.
The best ways to cook fish, to ensure that it maintains its nutrients as much as possible, are by baking and grilling. Steamed also preserves all its nutrients, although it is not usually too attractive, especially for the little ones, and battered and / or fried we add extra fat that is not necessary, since the fish is nutritionally very complete without the need for additives.
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