Bananas and Reflux
What’s in a Banana? Banana’s are a good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of manganese, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fibre, potassium, biotin, and copper. There are hundreds of edible varieties of Banana that fall under two distinct species: the sweet banana and the plantain banana.
What does it do for my baby’s body? Creamy, rich, and sweet, bananas are a favourite food for infants and are usually acceptable as a first taste. Banana’s potassium levels support normal blood pressure and heart function. Even though bananas are a fruit that tastes quite sweet when ripe—containing 14-15 grams of total sugar—they have a low glycemic index (GI) value. GI measures the impact of a food on our blood sugar.
A medium-size banana contains about 3 grams of total fibre, which helps regulate the speed of digestion, and by keeping digestion well-regulated, conversion of carbohydrates to simple sugars and release of simple sugars from digesting foods also stays well-regulated. This slow release keeps your baby from feeling hungry too quickly.
Banana’s help maintain the balance of “friendly” bacteria (for example, Bifidobacteria) in the lower intestine, and as a consequence, it also supports digestion.
Should I give banana when my baby has infant reflux? It’s not going to do any harm. It is healthy, fibrous and easily digested and least likely to trigger an allergic reaction. It works well mixed with milk and when mashed is creamy enough to help keep fluids down. As your baby develops you can use banana as a carrier to introduce other foods, as it is nice and sweet and helps the baby adjust to a new flavours when mixed.
If you have any banana recipes that work for your littlerefluxer, send them in and we’ll share them.