Baked Beans & Reflux
What’s in a Baked bean? A dish containing beans, sometimes baked but, despite the name, usually stewed, in a sauce. Commercially canned baked beans are made from haricot beans. A tomato and sugar sauce is most commonly used. When canned the haricot bean remains fresh, unlike other beans and pulses, which is one reason why they were used frequently at sea in Navy ships larder.
Should I give Baked Beans when my baby has infant reflux? Typically, Baked beans can be considered at around 8 months. There are several varieties available with lower salt and sugar content. Providing your baby doesn’t have additional salt/sugar in other foods, then small quantities should be fine. Served with a baked potato and small amount of cheese can be a very tasty and fulfilling meal. They are nutritious, high in fibre, virtually fat free. If your little one is struggling with reflux and using milk thickeners, then a high fibre food like Baked beans may cause a little bit of constipation with thickeners working in the stomach. But usually by the time your baby has reached 9 months old, milk feeds will begin to be phased out slowly, in favour of solid foods.