Strawberries and Reflux
What’s in a Strawberry? Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C and manganese. They are also a very good source of dietary fibre, iodine, folate, copper, potassium, biotin, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B6, and omega-3 fatty acids.
What does it do for my baby’s body? The bright red seeded sweet berry fruits are high in anti-oxidants. They have medicinal context to help with digestive ailments, teeth whitening and skin irritations. Their fibre and fructose content may help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing digestion and the fibre is thought to have a satiating effect. Strawberry antioxidants levels are thought to protect against inflammation, cancer and heart disease. The leaves can be eaten raw, cooked or used to make tea.
Should I give Strawberries when my baby has infant reflux? Strawberries are known to be a common allergen and so it is not advised as a first food or a regular food for a baby with reflux. Strawberries really should not be recommended before 12 months of age.
Fun fact: Strawberries are not actually fruits as their seeds are on the outside. Strawberry plants are runners, and are actually a member of the rose family.
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