Can Babies Eat Mushrooms? All You Need To Know About
Mushrooms are fungus; a different type of fungus that is beneficial to human beings. They are drab-looking creatures you see on the ground, on the bark of a tree, under the shades, in the waste products of bovine animals and sometimes even under the ground.
Mushrooms are a great source of vitamins and minerals that are good for babies for their growth and development.
However, many mothers out there are skeptical whether mushrooms are safe to eat for their babies.In this article, we will cut out your doubts about the safety of mushrooms for your babies to eat.
What Mushrooms to Eat?
There are plenty of mushrooms out there. In fact, there are about several thousands of species of mushrooms around the world. And mind you, there are more mushroom species out there that are waiting to be discovered. However, only 1/4 of these are edible. And when I say edible, I mean they are safe to eat yet not necessarily great-tasting.
Only about 5% of these edible mushrooms are tasty.
When choosing a mushroom for consumption, it’s better to pick those that are sold in the market or grocery stores. They are safe to eat and delicious as well.
But mushrooms that are best for babies because of their mildness and best-tasting are the cremini mushrooms. These mushrooms are also referred to as baby bello bella or baby portabello mushrooms because they literally are.
Edible mushrooms are that, edible. If it’s edible, of course, they are safe to eat, even for babies.
However, since babies are a wee bit more sensitive than that of a fully grown man, preparing mushrooms for the baby is of much consideration.
Mushrooms, just like any other vegetables, should be thoroughly washed and well-cooked, if you intend to feed them to babies.
Nutritionists and experts advise mushrooms to be clean and well-cooked before babies can eat them.
Aside from the risk of bacteria intake, according to Dr. Andrew Weil of anh-usa.org, all mushrooms are essentially indigestible if eaten raw because of their tough cell walls, and that to release their nutrients, they must be cooked.
So just imagine how tough it would be for the baby’s digestive system if you don’t cook the mushroom well.
Common Recipes To Make Mushrooms Delectable For Babies
However drab-looking mushrooms are, they can be appetizing and delicious depending on how you cook them.
You can either saute them with garlic and olive oil or bake them with herbs and sauces, but definitely, there are a hundred ways to kill a cat, so they say. Just remember the mushroom recipe that your baby likes though so that the next time you serve mushrooms for her or him you automatically know how to cook it the way she likes it.
Recipe #1: Sauteed Mushroom
- Step 1: In a pre-heated cooking pan, place a small amount of olive oil
- Step 2: Sautee garlic and onion until a bit brown
- Step 3: Put the mushrooms, add salt to your liking (no salt for babies under 12 months)
Sauteed mushroom is best with rice, bread or pasta
Recipe #2: Baked Mushroom
- Step 1: Prepare an aluminum foil for baking
- Step 2: Place mushrooms, spring onions chopped, onion bulb chopped, ginger chopped and a little bit of oregano dried leaves for great-tasting aroma
- Step 3: Add oyster sauce or soy sauce and a little bit of olive oil (just half a teaspoon will do)
- Step 4: Add a pinch of salt to your liking (don't use salt for babies under 1 year). Or you can also place a cut lemon on top for lemony taste and aroma
- Step 5: Wrap all the ingredients in the aluminum foil and bake
Best with rice, bread or pasta
These are just two of the mushroom recipes that do not need major ingredients other than mushrooms. You can opt for chicken with mushroom soup, or beef steak with mushroom sauce, etc.
Risks For Babies Eating Mushrooms
There are yet no studies that link mushrooms to any diseases to babies who eat mushrooms.
In fact, according to some experts, mushrooms have significant health benefits. One of these is the fact that mushrooms contain beta-glucans, the compounds which aid our immune system and help in fighting against diseases.
However, there are mothers who experience their babies having allergic reactions after eating mushrooms. According to some experts, allergic reactions can trigger to any human beings allergic to certain chemicals or materials, like spores.
Since mushrooms are fungal spores, some may experience allergic rhinitis when they exhale mushrooms spores. But there are no studies yet that cite any allergic reactions after consuming mushrooms.
However, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) reports that allergies after consuming mushrooms are very unusual.
If your babies experience allergic reactions after eating mushrooms within 30 minutes, immediately consult a physician.
Allergic reactions can be as mild as skin rashes, itching, hives and swelling of the lips.
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